The UK government will from December 31 this year move its visa processing section in Nairobi to Pretoria, South Africa.

A document by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) seen by Capital FM News indicates all the visa processing operations will be done in South Africa, a move expected to affect the region’s citizens who send their applications for British visas to the Nairobi section.

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has held a series of high profile meetings to explain how the new Express Entry system will work.

Express Entry is an electronic application management system that launches in January 2015 and will apply to four existing immigration programmes.

It means that overseas applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, the Federal Skilled Trades Programme, the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programme will get places in a pool from which employers can choose qualified candidates.

"In the fall of 2001, my family and I emigrated from Kenya to the United States, on my father's student visa. Later on, my mother was able to secure a green card but unfortunately, due to a discrepancy in the expiration date of my father's student visa and the beginning date of the green card, it became null in void and my family became undocumented.

"Since then, my family has continued to live in the United States, paying taxes and active in our community — including our church, St. Matthew's Episcopal, where I served as a Worship Leader.

U.S. President Barack today said he is ready to take executive action on immigration.

This, after the House of Representatives failed to act on a comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last year.

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President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

Controversial new rules aimed at strengthening the requirements for access to Canadian citizenship have now been passed into law.

The aim of the changes is to make certain that those applying for citizenship are fully prepared for integration and participation in Canadian society. The government is hoping that the requirements will help foster a better understanding of the country’s traditions and value systems..

A new Gallop poll reveals that two in three Americans disapprove of the way President Obama's administration is handling the issue of immigration.

According to Politico, 65 percent of Americans disapprove, which is the highest disapproval rate of the immigration system since Gallop began polling on the subject. The disapproval rate is also up 10 points since August of last year.

Only 31 percent approve of Obama's management of the immigration reform system, the lowest since 2010, when only 29 percent approved of his handling of immigration reform.

The Canadian government has outlined its new scheme for providing access to the country for skilled economic immigrants.

Dubbed 'Express Entry' the scheme will fast-track the immigration process for candidates who have received a valid job offer or nomination through the Provincial Nomination Program. Where the previous Temporary Foreign Worker Program was used to fill temporary labour needs, however, Express Entry will enable applicants to quickly apply for permanent residency.

International graduates from a Canadian college or university who have a job offer in Nova Scotia can now apply for permanent residency through the country's Skilled Worker visa stream.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers to recruit foreign workers for positions they have not been able to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The new immigration route was introduced on June 6, and follows negotiations between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

President Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea that Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday meant the death of immigration reform in 2014.

"It is interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts and some of the conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now," the president said. Obama did not mention Cantor by name, but at a fundraiser for Democratic donors in Boston, he insisted that he "fundamentally rejects" the idea that immigration reform can't be achieved this year.

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