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UK Immigration skills charge to be introduced by government
The UK government says that they are concerned about skilled worker shortages in the UK. However Government policy is making the situation worse by making it more and more difficult to employ highly skilled nationals from outside the EU.
Also, new charges for businesses are unlikely to improve the situation. In the 8 July 2015 budget announcement, UK chancellor George Osborne, spoke of an 'apprenticeship levy.'
This was quickly followed by an announcement from Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire that there will be an 'immigration skills charge.'
Tens of thousands unable to file early US Green Card visas
Tens of thousands of highly-skilled foreign workers have been left unable to file an early application for adjustment of status to an employment-based US Green Card visa after the State Department revised their October visa bulletin, originally issued on September 9, without explanation.
The revised October visa bulletin, issued on September 25, severely restricted who could apply. While the overall processing time for lawful permanent residence remains unchanged being able to submit an early application for adjustment of status would enable applicants to work freely for any employer and would make travel easier.
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Ireland relies on immigration for home-care sector workers
A policy paper published on Tuesday, 22 September 2015, states that the homecare industry in Ireland is very much reliant on immigration of care workers from outside the EU. However, the paper says that the treatment of foreign workers currently serving across the industry sector needs to improve 'vastly'.
‘Migrant Workers in the Homecare Sector: Preparing for the Elder Boom in Ireland' is a paper published by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland [MRCI]. Funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the paper says that 'it's no surprise that Ireland relies on immigration to meet the demands of the homecare sector.’
Trade Policy Forum to Look at US L-1 Visas for Indians
The high refusal rate for L-1B non-immigrant visas for Indians has had a significant impact on Indian companies and workers. The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) a liberal right wing think tank found that between 2012-2014, only 44% of the L-1B visa applications to employ Indians were granted.
Compare this to the granting of an overall 87% of applications for all other countries. It also seems to be easier in many cases to obtain L-1A visas for international managers/executives than L-1B visas for specialized knowledge employees.
International trade between the two Countries is increasingly important. Indian companies invested $17 billion in the US in 2014, leading to 80,000 new jobs.
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