Looking for Immigration to Canada from Pakistan?

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Canada has eight provinces and each province offering Provincial Nominee Program. These programs are very popular among the immigrants across the world. If you are from Pakistan and looking for Immigration to Canada for Pakistani, then this guide will help you to get Immigration to Canada. A remarkable number of Pakistani individuals are welcomed in Canada every year. Whether you are a skilled worker, entrepreneur, or having family sponsorship, the Canada is the best destination for you. After getting Immigration successfully for Canadian Permanent Residence then after a specific period, you will be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

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Canadian Laws are very friendly for immigrants, immigrants and citizens enjoy equal rights in Canada. There are a number of programs available for Pakistani individuals who are ready to apply for Immigration to Canada. Without further ado, let’s discuss the immigration programs available for Pakistani nationals;

  • Canada Investor Immigrant Program
  • Quebec Skilled Worker Class
  • Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Investor Immigrant Program
  • Family Sponsorship
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

These programs are very popular among the nationals across the globe. If you want to invest in Canada, looking for a job or work, availing PNP, sponsoring your family or availing skilled worker program, then this is the time to make your dreams true. You can apply in any one from this list if you have a certain set of requirements. The required information is available on the official website CIC for you. You should be ready to file online application form and before applying it is very important to equip with all necessary documents and information required to fill the online application form.

Moreover, if you are studying in Canada and want to get Immigration to Canada on the basis of your experience, ONP for international students, or MNP for international students, then you can avail the following programs available for you. But, you can avail any one of this program after completing your diploma, certificate or any educational degree. Following are the programs for the students;

  • Ontario Nominee Program for International Students
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Manitoba Nominee Program for International Students

The above-mentioned programs are available for international students who have completed their education in which they were studying. These programs are available for Pakistani students who have completed their educational program. The prior mentioned programs are available for Pakistani nationals who are planning to apply for Immigration to Canada.

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Australia launches online visas for Chinese nationals

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The Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has applauded the commencement of online visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals as a positive reform that will help Australia remain competitive in attracting more visitors from this critical growth market.

Previously Chinese nationals had to wade through a quagmire of paperwork, often in duplicate and in English, to apply for a visa. The process has, to-date, been expensive and unduly time consuming.

“Chinese visitors are a gold-mine for Australia’s visitor economy – they stay longer and spend more than other nationalities which is fantastic news for our visitor economy,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.

“Bravo to the Tourism Minister Stephen Ciobo and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on announcing today that online visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals are now open for business. This is a great step forward to taking the pain out of paper-based visa applications especially when more than 1.2 million Chinese visitors travelled to Australia in the past 12 months.

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“Any steps that Government can take to make it easier for Chinese visitors to choose Australia as their traveling destination is warmly welcomed by the industry. This is a clear sign that we are serious about making it easier for Chinese to visit and is a timely announcement for China Australia Year of Tourism.

“TTF has been a vocal advocate of the need to improve visa processing for what will shortly be our largest overseas visitor market. China is on track to overtake New Zealand as our biggest source of visitors some time later this year and there is so much more potential for us to capture with less than one per cent of Chinese tourists coming to Australia.

“We need to be playing every card in our hand because the international tourism market is cut-throat and we are up against destinations like Europe and North America that are aggressively targeting the Chinese market.

“Industry looks forward to working with the government to continue to develop and implement these types of smart reforms that will encourage more visas from China and the broader Asia-Pacific to visit Australia and support the continuing growth of our visitor economy,” said Osmond. Source: spicenews

International student numbers reach record levels, expert says ‘no sign of slowing down’

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China and India were the biggest source countries for international students, and education was Australia’s third largest export after iron ore and coal – accounting for a record $21.8 billion over the past year.

Minister for Education Simon Birmingham said in a statement, the growth in student numbers showed the government’s commitment to the international higher-education industry.

“The benefits of international education flow through to sectors such as retail and tourism, supporting over 130,000 full time jobs across our major cities, and in key regional areas where international education has established a strong foothold,” he said.

Higher education remained the biggest education area for international students, with 43 per cent of those at universities.

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A further 26 per cent of students were enrolled in vocational education and 21 per cent were in English language intensive courses.

Melbourne University senior economics lecturer Dr Michael Coelli told SBS the government’s streamlining of the student visa process, as well as opportunities for permanent residency, were attractive to students from Asia.

“There is this kind of huge latent demand there from Asia of people looking to go to universities in other countries,” he said.

“It’s hard to know if it will last forever, but there is no signs of it slowing down”.

Dr Coelli said while the focus of universities to entice students from China and India has helped numbers grow, there were dangers in such a focus.

He said while Australia’s industry usually looked at the US and Europe as competitors, the Chinese government’s major investment in their domestic higher-education industry posed a threat.

“Part of the reason that many students come here are because opportunities in their home countries are somewhat limited,” he said.

“We are very reliant on particular source countries, like China in particular, but also India.  If we can expand our source countries a little bit more it might help going forward.”

The latest government report included data from a survey of 65,000 international students about their experiences.

The results found 89 per cent were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience in Australia.

Catherine Gomes, a senior lecturer at RMIT University in Victoria and focusing on international education, told SBS that positive word-of-mouth was the biggest contributor behind the growth in student numbers and that making sure students had a positive experience should be the top priority.

“The fact (that in) eight years time we want to increase the international student intake to almost a million, you need to actually keep up with student services,” she said. Source: sbs

Immigrants Crossing Undocumented from US to Canada

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A news photographer has documented the latest fallout from U.S. immigration policy to hit Canada: asylum-seekers crossing illegally from the United States into its northern neighbor, where they are promptly arrested. The immigrants say they would rather be arrested in Canada then continue seeking a legal way to live in the United States.

A Reuters news photographer on Friday photographed several people fleeing a U.S. border protection officer in New York state, one of the most popular crossing points into the Canadian province of Quebec.

As U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to a gully at one of the unofficial crossing points, reporters witnessed four other adults and four children cross the gully. A photograph shows that at least one of the refugees had a passport from Sudan.

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Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police waited for them on the other side, helping the children up the hill and offering medical care.

Reuters reports that the man detained by U.S. officers made a break for it and managed to get across the gully to join the other asylum-seekers. The Mounties then arrested the asylum-seekers.

Border technicality

People leaving the United States to seek asylum in Canada often cross the border illegally because of a technicality. If they have already applied for asylum in the United States, they cannot legally cross into Canada to apply for asylum there, because of an agreement between the two countries — they will be turned away at the U.S. border.

However, if they sneak across at an unofficial location, they may apply for asylum in Canada even if they are caught. They may spend a night or two in custody, but upon release, they are free to pursue their claims.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they have seen a marked increase in people crossing from the U.S. into Canada illegally since the White House began tightening immigration restrictions earlier this year.

Winter conditions harsh

Aid workers in Canada have spoken to the media about the conditions under which the illegal immigrants cross the border, often without proper clothing for the Canadian winter.

Paul Caulford, a doctor at a Canadian refugee center, told Public Radio International that the number of cases of frostbite among the refugees seeking health care in his clinic has doubled recently. He said nearly all of his patients are women and children. Most are from the west African nation of Nigeria. They leave behind Nigeria’s moderate temperatures, but also its climate of violence.

National Public Radio reports that Canada’s more open immigration policy is partly a practical matter: Canada is the world’s second-largest nation, but has only 36 million people and a low birth rate, leaving it unable to replenish its workforce. So immigrants are important and, in many cases, welcome.

Canada’s immigration rate is one of the highest in the world.

Margaret Eaton, executive director of the Toronto Region Immigration Employment Council, told NPR that Canada provides an easier path to citizenship than many other nations. In fact, she said, the 300,000 permanent immigrants who enter the country each year are referred to as “new Canadians.” Source: voanews

New Online Ontario Immigration Application System

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Canada Immigration is very popular among the immigrants. There are eight provinces of Canada which are providing Provincial Nominee Programs. Ontario is the most attractive province of Canada due to its natural resources. Ontario government has made few important policies for its Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP).

These Provincial Programs are available for immigrants to enter into Canada and boost economy. The government of Ontario taking bold steps to improve it Provincial Nominee Program by taking online application forms from the candidates. If you want to get Ontario immigration then you must apply online. This new system is also applicable to Pakistani candidates who are looking for Canadian Immigration for Pakistani.

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There are a lot of benefits as well as opportunities available in Ontario immigration, therefore, many applicants prefer Ontario over the other provinces of Canada. Ontario Immigration Nominee Program is the most successful category in Canadian Immigration. This immigration system makes you able to file an application online which reduces the processing time. If you put a deep eye over the statement of the Ontario government, you will clearly come to know that Ontario government wants to reduce immigration processing time with its online application system 2017.

Ontario’s Government Original Statement

“The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has fulfilled its 2016 federal nomination allocation. The OINP will continue to process applications. Any additional nominations will go towards Ontario’s 2017 allocation. The OINP will continue to introduce online application systems in 2017 to make it easier for clients to apply and improve processing times,” stated on the official website of Ontario

This online application system will reduce the processing time for application. This statement clearly shows the intention of Ontario’s government that government wants to facilitate its applicants and avoid the time taking scrutiny process. As you know that in May 2016 Ontario government put a temporary hold on receiving a new application, but after introducing this new online application system we hope that Ontario government will reopen or launch in next few months.

Canadian Immigration is the famous destination among the immigrants across the world. Provincial Nominee Program is the most attractive as well as most favorite for those who want to get immigration to Canada quickly and settles into the life of Canada.

Immigration NZ stands by decision to deport students

Nine Indian students facing deportation have had ample opportunity to leave the country voluntarily, Immigration New Zealand says.

The students are refusing to leave the country] after an appeal to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse was declined.

They say being deported would ruin their lives, and plan to seek sanctuary at an Auckland church.

Immigration NZ general manager of visa services Steve Stuart said each student’s application to appeal was considered individually on its merits.

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The students’ initial case was centred around their Indian-based education agents submitting fraudulent documents.

Mr Stuart said in all cases the students had declared on their applications that information and evidence supporting their application was genuine, and Immigration NZ stood by the deportation decisions.

He said the individuals had been subject to a fair process, which had included having their appeal considered.

He said there was no timeframe on when they would be forcefully deported but he encouraged them to leave the country voluntarily.

The students have said they will seek sanctuary at an inner-city church in Auckland from Monday until their deportation is dropped or they are forcefully deported.

Deportation Liability Notices or Deportation Orders have been issued to 191 Indian students since May 2016 and 125 have left New Zealand. Source: radionz

May to discuss how to boost US-UK migration with Trump, say sources

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Theresa May wants to explore how to boost US-UK migration when she meets the US president, Donald Trump, this week as part of their talks over an early trade deal, according to British government sources.

The disclosure follows hard on the heels of the confirmation from the Australian high commissioner in London that exploratory talks have already begun on a UK-Australian free trade deal, and that greater access for Australian businesspeople to Britain will have to form part of it.

This approach – linking any future expansion of highly skilled migration to successful trade deals with America and Australia – contrasts sharply with May’s blunt refusal during her visit to India last November to increase the number of UK visas for highly skilled Indians, despite its potential to boost the prospects of a future trade deal.

May has yet to make clear how she sees non-European immigration policy developing after Brexit. When she became prime minister in July she rejected the leave campaign’s demands for an “Australian-style points-based system”, saying it would leave Britain without full control over who enters the UK.

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She also rejected leave campaigners’ promises that Brexit could mean a boost in immigration from India and Pakistan to meet the skill needs of the UK curry industry.

But now it is emerging that May’s policy to keep Britain open to the “brightest and best” will be shaped by any early post-Brexit trade deals that the UK is able to negotiate. And it is quickly becoming apparent that those deals are more likely to be done with countries such as America, Australia, Canada or New Zealand, rather than India or China.

However, the danger is that immigration policy for businesspeople and the most highly skilled becomes based on the old “kith and kin” white Commonwealth of Australia, Canada and New Zealand by default, if not by design.

In the case of the US, British government sources told the Telegraph May wants to explore ways to make it easier for US citizens to work in the UK and for Britons to work in the US. The latest figures show there are 181,000 US-born citizens in Britain and 758,000 resident Britons in the US. “We can grow those numbers,” a senior government source was quoted as saying.

It may well be that as Trump implements his “America First” immigration policy, a UK trade deal could guarantee current British access to the US labour market, rather than extend it – but it could come at the price of increased migration of Americans to Britain.

A similar ambition was echoed on Saturday by Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner in London, when he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We would want to see greater access for Australian businesspeople working in the UK and that’s often been a part of free trade negotiations – it hasn’t always been by the way, but it’s often been part of our free trade negotiations.

“It might just make it a bit simpler actually: for example, an Australian company that invests in the UK might want to bring some of its executives to the UK. That can be done with what are called tier 2 visas, but maybe that could be made a little bit easier.”

Downer confirmed that easier visa arrangements were negotiated alongside the last Australian-US trade deal.

Non-EU migration makes up more than half of Britain’s annual net migration figure, which stands at 335,000. May has pledged to bring that down below 100,000, and the warning signs are that future immigration policy could lead to greater numbers of Americans, Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians coming to the UK while ever tighter restrictions are placed on Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and east Europeans. Source: theguardian

Canadian tech leaders press Ottawa for temporary visas after Trump order

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A collection of Canada’s top technology leaders is asking Ottawa to provide “immediate and targeted” assistance, including temporary residency, to those displaced by President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans entry to the United States for citizens of seven countries.

In a statement, the leaders, who include Wattpad chief executive officer Allen Lau, Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, TechGirls Canada founder Saadia Muzaffar and Wealthsimple CEO Michael Katchen, ask the federal government to provide visas to people displaced by the executive order.

“This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose,” the group wrote. More than 200 people have signed the open letter to show their support.

The domestic tech community strongly believes diversity is one of its strengths – which benefits the broader country. “This will be a win-win for Canada,” argued Mr. Lau. “If we fully take advantage of this, it can propel the Canadian economy to the next level,” because it will lure people who have the necessary skills for an innovation-driven market.

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Canada’s tech community added its voice to a growing chorus of North American industry leaders who are confronting Mr. Trump’s executive order, but there is no sign yet that any policy will change.

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told reporters on Sunday that it is too soon to say whether the government will issue temporary residence to those displaced by the ban.

“As we move forward on this, we will continue to monitor the situation, continue to have discussions within my department and across government and develop policy options,” said Mr. Hussen.

The industry’s call to action follows Mr. Trump’s decision on Friday to temporarily bar travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The rule affects visitors with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The order’s effects were seen almost immediately, with passengers from affected countries prevented from boarding planes to the U.S., while others were detained and questioned at major American airports. Foreign governments scrambled to decipher the new rules, unsure of whether dual citizens of their countries and those named could travel or not. As news of the chaos spread, scores of people attended demonstrations at airports in cities such as New York and San Francisco.

Over the weekend, a number of U.S. tech leaders demonstrated their opposition to the move, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who joined a demonstration at San Francisco International Airport. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said on Facebook that the President’s actions were “hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all.”

The Canadian tech community not only voiced its disapproval, but took the bold step to press the federal government to take action.

“This is pretty disgusting,” Wealthsimple’s Mr. Katchen said of the fallout from the U.S. executive order in an interview. “We feel strongly that it’s very non-Canadian, and we feel the need to come together to make a statement that diversity is core to what we do in the startup world.”

Until recently, Canada’s tech community was thought of as a collection of small startups likely to be acquired by larger American tech companies. Lately, though, it has grown up, and in the past few months there is additional buzz about its potential – particularly around artificial intelligence. Former Facebook executive Steve Irvine recently left the Silicon Valley giant to start a Toronto-based AI company.

“For the first time, we’re feeling the need to differentiate ourselves and not be a ‘me-too’ place,” Ms. Muzaffar, of TechGirls Canada, said in an interview, referencing the Canadian tech community’s historical spot in Silicon Valley’s shadow. Originally from Pakistan and raised Muslim, she also has a personal connection to the executive order’s religious innuendo.

In its letter, the tech community said its ranks comprise “many different nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, and perspectives. We believe that this diversity is a source of strength and opportunity.”

“So many Canadian [tech] CEOs are immigrants like me, or are second-generation immigrants,” Wattpad’s Mr. Lau said. He came to Canada from Hong Kong days before he turned 19 years old and stayed after studying electrical engineering at the University of Toronto.

The community also stated it stands “directly opposed to any and all laws that undermine or attack inclusion, and call on Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau and our political leaders to do the same.”

Mr. Katchen said the Prime Minister’s early response to the executive order served as a dialogue starter. “I love the PM’s message,” he said of Mr. Trudeau’s tweet, which stated: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada.”

“It felt like we had the invitation to put [a message] out there and ask for something,” Mr. Katchen said.

Early in the weekend, some in Canada’s tech community suggested the U.S. situation could ultimately be a boon for the domestic industry. Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. and co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators, a group that represents dozens of successful, fast-growing domestic tech firms, said on Saturday that the federal government could seize the moment by ensuring that it eases the path to Canada for workers with hard-to-find software development, engineering and other skills.

“If Canada can quickly implement the global-skills visa for tech talent within an upcoming national innovation strategy, we can reinforce our country as the place to attract the best talent” for startups and growing technology firms, he said.

But after watching the effects of Mr. Trump’s executive order play out, a small group of people came together to craft a more aggressive message. This core team largely spread their intent on Facebook, and within hours they had a shared online Google Doc that was continuously updated with personal stories from people across the tech sector.

The Canadian tech and startup community is extremely tight-knit,” explained Douglas Soltys, who runs BetaKit, where the letter was first posted. “That immediately led to conversations on multiple channels. Those all just converged together.”

By 11 a.m. on Sunday, the group had at least 200 signatures and went live with the letter. Reflecting on the process in the early afternoon on Sunday, Mr. Soltys, who barely slept overnight, reflected on how quickly the industry’s young leaders came together. Midday Saturday, “no one knew this [letter] was going to happen,” he said. “I wasn’t even awake yet.” Source: theglobeandmail

Do migrants dilute the New Zealand identity?

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Migrants do not dilute New Zealand’s cultural identity despite more coming from non-traditional source countries, experts say.

Last year, China was the biggest source country for permanent residents and international students, and India was the largest source for temporary foreign workers.

The New New Zealanders report released this week by the New Zealand initiative said approval ratings for migrants among native-born Kiwis for migrants from India and China, at 6 points, was lower than that of arrivals from the United Kingdom and Australia at 7 points out of a possible 10.

“While many of the concerns New Zealanders have about immigration can be assessed empirically, other concerns strike a deeper chord which evidence cannot prove or disprove – the concern that a large inflow of people from abroad could threaten our national identity,” the report authors said.

The Asian population in the most recent census rose 33 per cent since 2006 and the Middle Eastern, Latin American and African up by 35 per cent.

There are also concerns that New Zealand’s “open door immigration policies” was putting the country at risk of extremism.

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“It would be naive to think New Zealand is immune from terror threats,” the report said.

Security experts had warned that terror events here were almost “inevitable”.

Among New Zealand’s top three source countries for quota refugees are Syria and Afghanistan, two countries ranked in the top five most active terrorist countries by the Global Terrorism Index.

The report authors, however, said the safety risk was linked to how well or poorly a country integrates its migrant populations.

“New Zealand fares well on these terms,” they said.

“Migrants overall do not tend to live in ethnic clusters. Even where ethnicity is concentrated, this is correlated with lower levels of employment.”

Migrants were less likely than native-born New Zealanders to claim a benefit, and their children also achieved higher levels of education.

“These factors indicate New Zealand has the soft factors of migration right for now,” they said.

“When foreigners move here, they generally become part of society, as opposed to an ethnic group distinct from it.”

The report concluded that based on these measures, the risk of the immigration system acting as a pathway for extremists is low.

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said the number of New Zealanders who were anxious about immigrants and current levels of immigration was lower than elsewhere, including Australia.

Spoonley added that New Zealand’s immigration and selection system also targeted skilled and educated immigrants, who were more likely to integrate and settle well after arrival.

David Wong, president of the Chinese New Zealand Oral History Foundation, didn’t think migrants diluted New Zealand’s cultural identity.

“On the contrary, I think it is broadening it and I think migrants are enriching it, and I think it’s good for New Zealand’s national identity,” Wong said.

Data from the New Zealand Election Survey suggested that many New Zealanders did not agree that migrants, if integrated well, would not harm the host culture.

In 2011, 44.4 per cent agreed with the statement “Immigration threatens the uniqueness of our culture and society” and in 2005, 38.4 per cent felt “Immigration is a threat to the New Zealand way of life”.

“Of course, some of this fear is rooted in bigotry, but this does not mean such views should be dismissed, especially when the concern is shared by already marginalised groups such as Maori,” the authors said.

Maori were significantly less favourable towards immigration than other New Zealanders, and more likely to want reduced immigration numbers.

The New Zealand General Social survey found nearly nine in 10, or 87 per cent of migrants felt they belonged to New Zealand.

They also exhibited relatively high mental and physical health and life satisfaction.
But the report identified the exploitation of migrant workers as a concern.

Last year, an Auckland employer, Faroz Ali, was found guilty of 15 human trafficking related charges for bringing Fijian workers here under false pretences.

He employed them illegally and they were made to work long hours for little or no pay.

The lack of official statistics due to the criminal nature of exploitation, however, made gathering data difficult to know how widespread the problem was. Read More: nzherald

Melbourne schoolboy denied US visa after President Trump presidential order

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A MELBOURNE schoolboy claims he could be the first Australian denied a visa to enter the United States following President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.

Pouya Ghadirian, born and raised in Melbourne to Iranian parents, was in the process of applying for a non-immigrant tourist visa to attend a school camp in the US in late March.

When the 15-year-old arrived for an interview at Melbourne’s US Consulate on Monday morning the staff told him they weren’t completely sure what to do but had denied his visa on presidential orders.

“They said it was the first time it had happened in an Australian embassy,” he said.

The executive order, signed by President Trump on Friday, temporarily suspends citizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, regardless of whether they hold valid visas or not.

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While the majority of Australians will still be able to enter the US, dual nationals of these seven countries like Pouya will not.

“They [the US Consulate] gave me no further instructions, but said realistically I won’t be going on the trip,” he said.

“I was really and upset when I found out that I couldn’t go and had been looking forward to it for around a year.

“I have an Australian citizenship. I was born here. It doesn’t make sense and it can’t be right.”

The year 11 Melbourne High student said his teachers don’t know he can’t attend the camp yet as school hasn’t started for the year.

The dream “space camp” was supposed to involve visits to Orlando, Washington, and the US Space & Rocket Center in Alabama.

The US Embassy has been contacted for comment. Source: news