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Increasing Numbers of Russians Applying to US Green Card Lottery
The entry period for the DV-2017 green card lottery started on 1 October 2015. The closing date is 3 November, 2015.
Almost 100,000 more Russians took part in the 2015 U.S. green card lottery than in the 2012 lottery, according to U.S. Embassy spokesman Will Stevens.
Altogether, 265,086 Russians took their chances, as compared to 167,600 three years earlier.
UK immigration temporarily eases tier 2 visa requirements for NHS
Restrictions on recruiting non-EU nurses have been temporarily relaxed by the UK government. The decision to make it easier for nurses to be employed under the tier 2 visa scheme was made to help ease the pressure on the NHS.
UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said: "The nursing profession is being added to the Shortage Occupation List, which enables employers to recruit personnel from outside the European Union more easily."
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Australian skilled immigration: UK teachers in demand
Approximately one in 17 secondary school teachers and one in 20 primary school teachers in Australia are British-born. According to teacher recruitment agencies, demand for Modern Foreign Language, Mathematics and Science teachers is particularly high.
However, restrictions on Australian skilled immigration visas are making it difficult for employers to recruit UK teachers.
US immigration scraps additional fees for L-1 visa and H-1B visa
US immigration has scrapped the additional fee of $2,250 for an L-1 visa and the $2,000 fee for an H-1B visa paid by larger employers with a high percentage of overseas workers; this fee was considered discriminatory as it mainly affected Indian IT companies.
Commonly referred to as an 'outsourcing fee', Indian businesses were particularly vocal in their opposition about the charges saying it had a major impact on their ability to do business in the US.
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