Valerie Johnston

About Valerie Johnston

Valerie Johnston lives in East Texas and has been a professional writer for 10 years covering a wide range of topics including immigration and immigration law.

Australia’s Immigration Policy Gets an American Makeover

May 13th, 2017|Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston In the last week of April, Prime Minister Turnbull demolished the skilled-worker visa program, and implemented a tough system that requires immigrants and potential asylum seekers to prove that they meet higher English language standards, and limits their stay drastically – from lifelong stays to only four years on a visa. This [...]

These 3 Factors Dominate Immigration Reform Debate in America

May 12th, 2017|USA|

By: Valerie Johnston Since U.S. President Trump’s campaign, immigration reform has been on everyone’s minds. Many Americans believe that the nation is in need of complete reform, while others argue that looser immigration policies is the answer. Trump has already begun dismantling certain protections set into place by former President Obama’s administration for immigrants, but [...]

Immigration Related Political Crime Wave in Germany

May 10th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston In 2016, more than 41,500 crimes of a political nature were recorded in Germany. More than 4,300 of those were considered violent, and in an immigration climate that includes the refugee crisis, all eyes are on the clash between anti-migrant voters and those who support open immigration. According to statistics released by [...]

Global Talent Stream Set to Boost Canada’s Labour Force

May 8th, 2017|Canada|

By: Valerie Johnston In just over a month, Canada is set to roll out a new immigration policy called Global Talent Stream, designed to help tech sector employers find highly skilled workers all over the world and get them to Canada faster. Previously, even the express entry program designed in 2015 required applicants to wait [...]

Losing Immigrants Could Mean Serious Consequences for the UK

May 5th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston In the wake of Brexit, many have claimed that specific labour sectors in the UK will face serious consequences due to a lack of immigration. Sectors such as wholesale, retail, hospitality, health, and public administration have all been mentioned as areas where immigrant workers make up a significant portion of the labour [...]

Canada: The New Land of Opportunity?

May 4th, 2017|USA, Canada|

By: Valerie Johnston With the U.S. cracking down on immigration during President Trump’s first 100 days in office, a new light is being shed on the country’s neighbor to the north. Canada has long been an immigration-friendly nation, with more than 800,000 immigrants being recruited for the jobs market in just the past five years [...]

On the Frontlines of EU Border Protection, More Funding is Needed

May 3rd, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Last week, seven countries from the southern EU demanded that northern countries start footing their end of the bill when it comes to African refugee migration. With the Mediterranean Sea being crossed almost daily in dangerous journeys away from Libya and other countries, countries such as Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, France, Portugal, [...]

Sponsored Refugees to Canada Satisfied but Illegal Practices Exist

May 2nd, 2017|Canada|

By: Valerie Johnston Canada’s immigration sponsorship policies are by and large very welcoming, according to research surveys conducted by the CIC. During the course of 2016, immigrants from Syria and other areas around the world were asked about their experiences coming to Canada. While there were some shocking – and illegal – practices brought to [...]

African Migrant Route to Italy Still Fraught with Peril

May 1st, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston On Easter weekend of this year, dozens of immigrants were rescued from the freezing waters off the coast of Italy. Africans fleeing the active slave trade, sexual assault, political persecution, and more. Many of these asylum seekers, like so many of the hundreds of thousands before them, were dead when they were [...]