Originally Posted by DePaint
Age should have nothing to do with getting a Visa... Otherwise the governments implementing the policy would quickly be accused of "Age Discrimination", and possibly taken to court by civil rights associations.
Quite the opposite, actually. Age, directly or indirectly, does factor in in your score or your personal evaluation in most systems. Older people tend to have different expectations and a different load on the social infrastructure than younger people.
Many countries also have "free visa" types of deals for under 30, such as working holiday (a one year free visa if you're under 30) here in Australia.
A government can't be accused of age discrimination, and can't be taken to court over civil rights (which for the record are a purely internal affairs thing, you're thinking of HUMAN rights), not over matters of how they decide to regulate their immigration.
International associations can peep up on HOW you deal with the unwanted, because in the past unwanted and illegal immigrants were subject to borderline concentration camps treatments, or had their boats sunk and were let drown, but they won't tell ANY first world country how their immigration/visa system should work, they can't. Not NATO, not ONU, not even the EUEC outside of the agglomerates can interfere with how you decide immigration outside of mutual treaties should be regulated.
A degree on the other hand is quite helpful.
Of course, as is experience, which offsets age.
This is how most systems work, if you're old enough, you are supposed to have the experience to offset it, if not you're up a creek and there will be no paddles in sight.
It's not a violation of any right, there is no such thing as "the right to immigrate" in any human rights statute or constitutional document (and a constitution regulated the country, not others or international relationships anyway), it's a statistically biased and weighted system, and the average 35yo without a degree and with no experience to make up for it, statistically speaking, would usually be a bad immigrant, as chances are it will be someone who was not very decisive or successful before, and unlikely to have the savings, means and experience to support himself in a foreign country without impacting the system.
Of course it doesn't hold true for everyone, but statistical significance has led to some rules, and they apply to everybody unexceptionally, with few exceptions being made for particular categories (such as special talent visas), but those require exceptional to be proven to some extent to be granted.
As long as an employer really wants you to work for them, getting a Visa shouldn't be a big problem.
Not true. A company in the States might really, really want you, but if you're 40 with little experience, no big titles/credits/recognitions, no related degree, and no capital warranties, you will not get one no matter how hard they want you and how much cash they are willing to frontload into sponsoring you.
Human rights ONLY come into play with the right of emigration, because everybody should be allowed to LEAVE a country in the eyes of the first world, if so they choose. Whether another country will let you in or not, it's at their discretion, or they come into play for political prisoners, the right of asylum for people from particular countries in some particular cases where two countries interacted and so on (IE: Cuba to Florida immigration being a set of tomes larger than most of the rest).
VFX work seldom qualifies for a violation of human rights granting you political prisoner status, even if you come from one of the really tough productions that DID feel like a concentration camp