Skilled Immigration

Skilled immigration refers to the process of individuals with specialized knowledge, expertise, or qualifications relocating to another country for employment or residency purposes. These individuals are typically sought after by host countries to fill gaps in their labor markets, particularly in sectors where there is a shortage of qualified professionals.

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What is does

  • Fills labor market gaps with qualified professionals.
  • Contribute to economic growth and innovation.
  • Offers career advancement and higher wages for immigrants.
  • Raises concern about displacement and wage depression.
  • Promotes cultural diversity and global perspectives in host countries.
  • Requires balancing domestic workforce needs with attracting talent.
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Types of Skilled Immigration

Skilled immigration involves the relocation of individuals with specialized knowledge and qualifications to another country for employment or residency purposes. It serves to address labor market needs by filling skill gaps and driving economic growth. Skilled immigrants bring valuable expertise, diverse perspectives, and entrepreneurial spirit to contribute to industries, innovation, and the overall development of their host country.

 

Employment-based immigration

This type of skilled immigration is driven by the demand for specific skills and expertise in the host country’s labor market. Individuals are typically sponsored by employers who have identified a need for their particular skill set. It allows professionals to contribute to the host country’s economy.

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Points-based skilled immigration

Points-based systems assess the eligibility of skilled immigrants based on a set of predetermined criteria, such as education, work experience, language proficiency, and age. Applicants are assigned points based on these criteria, and those who meet the required threshold are selected for immigration.

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Entrepreneur or Investor immigration

Many countries offer immigration pathways for entrepreneurs and investors who can contribute to the host country’s economy. These programs typically require individuals to invest a significant amount of capital, start a business, or make substantial contributions to existing enterprises.

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Humanitarian or refugee programs

Skilled immigration can also occur through humanitarian or refugee programs, where individuals with specific skills or qualifications are admitted based on their status. Skilled immigration provid support to individuals in need while also benefiting from their skills and expertise.

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Basic Requirements for Skilled Immigration

  • Age: Some countries have specific programs tailored for younger individuals, such as working holiday visas, while others may have age restrictions for certain visa categories.
  • Language Proficiency: Depending on the country and the visa category, you may be required to provide a certificate in the official language of the destination country.
  • Education and Skills: Many immigration programs prioritize individuals with higher levels of education or specific skills.
  • Proof of Financial Resources: You may need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your initial period in the destination country.
  • Health and Character Assessment: Most countries require applicants to undergo medical examinations to ensure they meet certain health standards. Additionally, character and security checks are often conducted to ensure applicants do not have a criminal recode.
  • Offer of Employment: You may need to provide a job offer or employment contract from an employer in the destination country.

The required documentation for immigration can vary depending on the country of destination and the specific immigration stream or visa category you are applying under. While the exact document requirements may differ, there are some common documents that are typically needed:

  • Valid passport
  • Identity proof
  • Proof of funds
  • Settlement plan
  • Proof of character
  • Medical test results
  • Job offer
  • Proof of previous work experience
  • Educational qualification certificates
  • Language proficiency results

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How to Apply for a Work Permit?

Applying for skilled immigration can vary depending on the country you are interested in. However, here are some general steps to guide you through the process:

  • Determine Eligibility: Assess your eligibility for a work permit in the United States. Work permits, also known as Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), are typically granted to specific categories of individuals, such as temporary workers, students, spouses of U.S. citizens, refugees, or individuals with pending immigration applications. Make sure you fall into one of these eligible categories.
  • Identify the Appropriate Form: Determine the correct form to apply for your work permit. The most common form for employment authorization is Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. However, depending on your circumstances, you may need to complete a different form, such as Form I-765V for asylum seekers or Form I-765WS for certain immigrant categories.
  • Gather Required Documentation: Collect the necessary supporting documents for your work permit application. This typically includes identification documents (such as a copy of your passport or birth certificate), proof of your eligibility category (such as a marriage certificate or proof of pending immigration application), and any additional documentation specific to your situation (such as a job offer letter or evidence of student status).
  • Complete the Application Form: Fill out the application form accurately and completely. Follow the instructions provided with the form and provide all the required information. Be sure to double-check for any errors or omissions before submitting the application.
  • Pay the Application Fee: Pay the required application fee, which can vary depending on the type of work permit and your specific circumstances. The fee amount and acceptable payment methods will be specified in the instructions accompanying the application form.
  • Submit the Application: Send your completed application form, supporting documents, and application fee to the appropriate address provided in the instructions. It is recommended to use a trackable mail service and make copies of all the documents for your records.
  • Receive a Receipt Notice: After submitting your application, you should receive a receipt notice from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acknowledging the receipt of your application. This notice will contain a receipt number that you can use to track the status of your application.
  • Attend Biometrics Appointment (if required): In some cases, you may be required to attend a biometrics appointment to provide your fingerprints, photograph, and signature. USCIS will send you a notice with the appointment details if this step is necessary.
  • Wait for Processing and Decision: USCIS will review your application, verify the information provided, and conduct any necessary background checks. The processing time can vary, but you can check the USCIS website for estimated processing times. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will receive a notice of approval or denial.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, USCIS will issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), commonly referred to as a work permit. The EAD will specify the period of validity and any specific work restrictions, if applicable.
  • Determine the Appropriate Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in the UK include the Skilled Worker visa, Intra-Company Transfer visa, Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa, and Start-up visa, among others. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, English language proficiency, sponsorship by an employer, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen visa category.
  • Secure a Job Offer and Sponsorship: Find a UK-based employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. The employer must be licensed to sponsor migrant workers, and they will need to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or a relevant supporting document to include in your application.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This typically includes a valid passport, proof of qualifications, evidence of English language proficiency, job offer letter or employment contract, proof of sponsorship, and financial documents to demonstrate your ability to support yourself in the UK.
  • Complete the Online Application: Submit an online application through the UK government’s official immigration website. Provide accurate and complete information, including personal details, employment details, and supporting documents. Pay the required application fee at the time of submission.
  • Biometrics Appointment: After submitting your application, you will usually be required to attend a biometrics appointment at a designated application center. At the appointment, your fingerprints and photograph will be taken.
  • Wait for Decision: Once your application and biometrics data have been submitted, you will need to wait for a decision on your work permit application. The processing time can vary depending on the type of visa and the workload of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department.
  • Receive Decision and Obtain Work Permit: If your application is successful, you will receive a decision letter or an entry clearance vignette in your passport. This will grant you permission to enter the UK and work legally. Once in the UK, you may need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which serves as your physical proof of immigration permission.
  • Determine the Appropriate Visa Category: Identify the most suitable visa category for your intended work in Australia. Common work visa categories include the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186), and Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). Each visa category has its own eligibility criteria and requirements.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work visa category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, English language proficiency, health and character requirements, and sponsorship by an Australian employer.
  • Employer Sponsorship: Find an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. The employer must be an approved sponsor and may need to undertake a labor market testing process to demonstrate that no suitable Australian workers are available for the position.
  • Obtain a Job Offer and Sponsorship: Once you have secured a job offer from an eligible Australian employer, they will need to apply for a sponsorship approval from the Department of Home Affairs. If the sponsorship is approved, the employer will provide you with a sponsorship or nomination certificate to include in your application.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This typically includes a valid passport, proof of qualifications and skills assessment (if required), evidence of English language proficiency, job offer letter or employment contract, health examination results, character clearance, and any additional documents specific to your visa category.
  • Lodge the Application: Submit your application online through the Department of Home Affairs website or by paper application, depending on the visa category. Provide accurate and complete information, upload the required documents, and pay the relevant application fees.
  • Health and Character Assessment: Undergo a health examination conducted by a panel-approved doctor and obtain a medical certificate. You will also need to provide a police clearance certificate from each country you have lived in for a certain period, demonstrating good character.
  • Wait for Processing: The processing time for Australian work permit applications can vary depending on the visa category and the volume of applications. You can check the Department of Home Affairs website for estimated processing times. During this period, ensure that you respond to any requests for additional information or documentation promptly.
  • Visa Decision: Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of the visa decision. If your application is approved, you will receive a visa grant letter. This letter will outline the conditions of your visa, such as the duration of stay, work restrictions (if any), and other relevant information.
  • Travel to Australia: If your work permit application is approved, you can travel to Australia and commence your employment as specified in your visa. Upon arrival, you may be asked to present your visa grant letter and undergo further checks by immigration officials.
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most appropriate work permit category for your situation. Common categories include employer-specific work permits, open work permits, and permits under international agreements. Each category has its own requirements and eligibility criteria.
  • Check if You Need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): In most cases, your Canadian employer will need to obtain a positive LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before you can apply for a work permit. The LMIA confirms that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labor market. However, there are some exemptions to this requirement.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This typically includes a valid passport, a job offer letter or contract from a Canadian employer, proof of LMIA (if applicable), educational certificates, language test results, and other supporting documentation specific to your situation.
  • Complete the Application Form: Fill out the application form for a work permit, which is typically the Application for Work Permit made outside of Canada (IMM 1295). Provide accurate and complete information, and make sure to include all the required details and supporting documents.
  • Pay the Application Fee: Pay the required application fee for the work permit application. The fee amount will depend on the type of work permit you are applying for. Payment can usually be made online or through other specified methods.
  • Submit the Application: Submit your completed application form and supporting documents to the appropriate visa office or visa application center. You may need to submit your application by mail or in person, depending on the specific instructions provided by the Canadian immigration authorities.
  • Biometrics and Medical Examination: Depending on your country of residence, you may be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) at a designated location. Additionally, you may need to undergo a medical examination by a designated panel physician to demonstrate that you are in good health.
  • Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the immigration authorities to process your application. The processing time can vary depending on the workload and complexity of your case. You can check the estimated processing times on the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
  • Receive the Decision: Once your application has been processed, you will receive a decision on your work permit application. If approved, you will be issued a work permit. The work permit will specify the duration of your stay, the conditions of your employment, and any other relevant information.
  • Travel to Canada and Begin Working: With your approved work permit, you can travel to Canada and commence your employment as authorized. Upon arrival, you may be required to present your work permit and other supporting documents to the border officials.
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in Germany include the Employment Visa, EU Blue Card, and Residence Permit for Self-Employment. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, job offer from a German employer, proof of financial means, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen work permit category.
  • Find an Employer or Establish a Business: Secure a job offer from a German employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. Alternatively, if you plan to be self-employed, you will need to establish a business in Germany and provide the necessary documentation to support your application.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This may include a valid passport, a job offer letter or employment contract, educational qualifications and certificates, proof of professional experience, business plan (for self-employment), proof of financial means, health insurance coverage, and any other documents specific to your situation.
  • Apply for a Visa: If you are applying from outside Germany, you will typically need to apply for a work visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. Submit the required documents and complete the visa application form. Pay any applicable visa fees.
  • Enter Germany and Register Your Address: Once your work visa is approved, you can travel to Germany. Within a few days of arrival, you will need to register your address (Anmeldung) at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt).
  • Apply for the Residence Permit: After registering your address, you will need to apply for the actual residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) at the local Foreigners’ Office (Ausländerbehörde) or Immigration Office. Submit the required documents and pay any applicable fees.
  • Attend an Appointment: Once you have submitted your application, you will be scheduled for an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office. During the appointment, you may be required to provide biometric data (such as fingerprints) and answer any additional questions related to your application.
  • Wait for Processing: After your appointment, you will need to wait for the Foreigners’ Office to process your application. The processing time can vary, so it is advisable to check with the office for estimated processing times.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, you will be issued a work permit. The work permit will specify the duration of your stay, the employer you are authorized to work for (or your self-employment status), and any other relevant conditions or restrictions.
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in New Zealand include Essential Skills Work Visa, Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, and Work to Residence Visa. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, job offer from a New Zealand employer, proof of financial means, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen work permit category.
  • Find an Employer: Secure a job offer from a New Zealand employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. The employer must typically demonstrate that no suitable New Zealand citizens or residents are available for the position and that hiring a foreign worker is necessary.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This may include a valid passport, a job offer letter or employment contract, educational qualifications and certificates, proof of professional experience, proof of English language proficiency, and any other documents specific to your situation.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI): Depending on the work permit category, you may need to submit an Expression of Interest through the official immigration system. The EOI provides information about your skills, qualifications, and other relevant details for immigration officials to assess your eligibility.
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA): If your EOI is selected and you meet the requirements, you will receive an Invitation to Apply. The ITA will specify the next steps and provide instructions on how to complete the formal application.
  • Submit the Application: Complete the formal application form provided with the ITA. Include all required documents and pay the application fees. Submit the application through the designated channel, either online or at the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate.
  • Medical and Police Checks: Depending on the category and length of stay, you may be required to undergo medical examinations and provide police clearance certificates from your home country or any other country you have lived in for a significant period.
  • Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the immigration authorities to process your application. The processing time can vary, so it is advisable to check with the authorities for estimated processing times.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, you will be issued a work permit or visa. The permit or visa will specify the duration of your stay, the employer you are authorized to work for, and any other relevant conditions or restrictions.
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in Greece include the National Work Permit and the EU Blue Card. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, job offer from a Greek employer, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen work permit category.
  • Find an Employer: Secure a job offer from a Greek employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. The employer must typically demonstrate that no suitable Greek or EU citizens are available for the position and that hiring a foreign worker is necessary.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This may include a valid passport, a job offer letter or employment contract, educational qualifications and certificates, curriculum vitae, proof of professional experience, health insurance coverage, and any other documents specific to your situation.
  • Obtain a Tax Number: Apply for a Greek tax number (AFM) at the local tax office (DOY). This number is required for employment and various administrative purposes.
  • Apply for a Work Permit: Submit your work permit application to the appropriate authorities. The exact process and application forms may vary depending on the work permit category and your location in Greece. You may need to apply through the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country or directly with the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy.
  • Pay the Required Fees: Pay any applicable fees associated with the work permit application. The fee amount will depend on the type of work permit and the duration of stay requested.
  • Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the competent authorities to process your work permit application. The processing time can vary, so it is advisable to check with the relevant authorities for estimated processing times.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, you will be issued a work permit. The work permit will specify the duration of your stay, the employer you are authorized to work for, and any other relevant conditions or restrictions.
  • Register with the Social Security System: Once you have obtained your work permit, you will need to register with the Greek Social Security System (IKA) or the applicable social security organization to ensure proper social security coverage.
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in Spain include the Highly Qualified Professionals permit, Temporary Work permit, and Self-Employed permit. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, job offer from a Spanish employer, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen work permit category.
  • Find an Employer or Establish a Business: Secure a job offer from a Spanish employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. Alternatively, if you plan to be self-employed, you will need to establish a business in Spain and provide the necessary documentation to support your application.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This may include a valid passport, a job offer letter or employment contract, educational qualifications and certificates, proof of professional experience, business plan (for self-employment), proof of financial means, health insurance coverage, and any other documents specific to your situation.
  • Apply for a Work Visa: If you are applying from outside Spain, you will typically need to apply for a work visa at the Spanish embassy or consulate in your home country. Submit the required documents and complete the visa application form. Pay any applicable visa fees.
  • Enter Spain and Obtain a Residence Card: Once your work visa is approved, you can travel to Spain. Within 30 days of arrival, you will need to apply for a residence card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero or TIE) at the Foreigners’ Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or the corresponding police station.
  • Apply for the Work Permit: After obtaining your residence card, you will need to apply for the actual work permit at the corresponding provincial office of the Ministry of Labor (Dirección Provincial de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales) or through the online platform. Submit the required documents and pay any applicable fees.
  • Wait for Processing: After submitting your work permit application, you will need to wait for the authorities to process your application. The processing time can vary, so it is advisable to check with the relevant authorities for estimated processing times.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, you will be issued a work permit. The work permit will specify the duration of your stay, the employer you are authorized to work for (or your self-employment status), and any other relevant conditions or restrictions.
  • Register with Social Security: Once you have obtained your work permit, you will need to register with the Spanish Social Security system (Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social) to ensure proper social security coverage
  • Determine the Work Permit Category: Identify the most suitable work permit category for your situation. The main work permit categories in Portugal include the Employment Contract Work Permit, Entrepreneur Work Permit, and Highly Qualified Activity Work Permit. Each category has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
  • Check Eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria for the selected work permit category. This may include factors such as qualifications, work experience, job offer from a Portuguese employer, proof of financial means, and meeting specific requirements for the chosen work permit category.
  • Find an Employer or Establish a Business: Secure a job offer from a Portuguese employer who is willing to sponsor your work permit application. Alternatively, if you plan to establish a business in Portugal, you will need to provide the necessary documentation to support your application.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents to support your work permit application. This may include a valid passport, a job offer letter or employment contract, educational qualifications and certificates, proof of professional experience, business plan (for self-employment), proof of financial means, health insurance coverage, and any other documents specific to your situation.
  • Apply for a Work Visa: If you are applying from outside Portugal, you will typically need to apply for a work visa at the Portuguese embassy or consulate in your home country. Submit the required documents and complete the visa application form. Pay any applicable visa fees.
  • Enter Portugal and Obtain a Residence Permit: Once your work visa is approved, you can travel to Portugal. Within 90 days of arrival, you will need to apply for a residence permit (Autorização de Residência) at the nearest Foreigners and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF) office.
  • Apply for the Work Permit: After obtaining your residence permit, you will need to apply for the actual work permit at the SEF office. Submit the required documents and pay any applicable fees.
  • Wait for Processing: After submitting your work permit application, you will need to wait for the SEF to process your application. The processing time can vary, so it is advisable to check with the SEF for estimated processing times.
  • Receive the Work Permit: If your application is approved, you will be issued a work permit. The work permit will specify the duration of your stay, the employer you are authorized to work for (or your self-employment status), and any other relevant conditions or restrictions.
  • Register with Social Security: Once you have obtained your work permit, you will need to register with the Portuguese Social Security system (Segurança Social) to ensure proper social security coverage.

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Canada

Canada has been consistently recognized as a favorable destination for skilled immigrants. The country operates a points-based immigration system called Express Entry, which prioritizes applicants with desirable skills and qualifications. There are some work permit options for individuals. Canada offers various pathways for skilled workers, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Provincial Nominee Program. It has a high standard of living, and welcoming immigration policies.

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Australia

Australia is another country that has attracted skilled immigrants from around the world. The most common work permit category is TSS visa. The Australian government runs a points-based system called Skill Select, which allows skilled workers to apply for permanent residency in Australia. The country has a strong demand for skilled professionals in sectors like healthcare, engineering, IT, finance, education and trades. Australia offers a high quality of life, a diverse culture, and excellent employment opportunities.

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Germany

Germany is renowned for its strong economy and robust job market, making it an attractive destination for skilled immigrants. The country operates various programs to attract skilled workers, including the EU Blue Card, which offers opportunities for highly qualified professionals. Germany has a strong focus on technological innovation and welcomes skilled workers in fields such as engineering, IT, healthcare, and research. It offers competitive salaries, excellent work-life balance, and a high standard of living.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is recognized as one of the top countries to offer skilled immigration opportunities. The UK has a long history of attracting skilled workers from around the world and has various visa programs designed to facilitate skilled immigration. The most notable program is the Tier 2 (General) visa, which allows skilled workers with a job offer from a UK employer to live and work in the country. The UK values skilled professionals in sectors such as healthcare, engineering, information technology, finance, and education.

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New Zealand

New Zealand has a reputation for being a welcoming country that values skilled immigrants. The country operates a points-based system called the Skilled Migrant Category, which assesses applicants based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. New Zealand has a strong demand for professionals in sectors like healthcare, engineering, construction, IT, and agriculture. It offers a high quality of life, beautiful natural landscapes, and a balanced lifestyle.

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Greece

Greece is known for offering skilled immigration opportunities and can be considered among the top countries in this regard. Here’s some information about skilled immigration in Greece. Greece offers various pathways for skilled immigration, attracting individuals with in-demand skills and qualifications. While Greece faced economic challenges in recent years, it has implemented initiatives to stimulate economic growth and encourage skilled professionals to contribute to the country’s development.

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