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US work visa applications by South Koreans increase 80 per cent
The number of South Korean citizens applying for a US work visa has risen sharply according to reports from the country's Ministry of Employment and Labor.
Over the last three years - 2012-2015 - the number of applications made by South Korean nationals for a US immigrant work visa has surged, increasing by about 80 per cent.
Northern Australia needs more working holiday visa holders
The Northern Territory in Australia is experiencing a shortage of hospitality workers, resulting in businesses struggling to recruit staff and business closures.
Demand for overseas nationals with working holiday visas is high, with many businesses reliant on them for survival. A report by the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) reveals that traders in Darwin, in the Northern Territory are struggling to recruit staff.
According to the AHA, the number of Irish nationals taking up working holiday visas in Australia has dropped by 50 per cent.
Instead, travellers are opting for New Zealand and Canada where working holiday visas are cheaper and less difficult to obtain. The Australian working holidaymaker visa is also popular with British nationals.
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US H-1B visas could be cut by 15,000
US Senators Bill Nelson of the Democratic Party and Jeff Sessions of the Republican Party have filed legislation that will cut the H-1B visa quota by 15,000. The legislation if passed would also mean that H-1B visas from the quota are granted to the highest earning H-1B visa applicants first.
Senator Nelson said: "By reducing the H-1B visa quota and asking for those visas to be issued to high wage earners first, this bill directly targets outsourcing companies that rely on low-wage foreign workers to replace equally-qualified US workers."
Indian IT companies, based in the US, are now worried that if the legislation is passed that there will be even greater difficulties in bringing in IT professionals from India.
Irish work permit system amongst best in EU
A recent study by Ireland's Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) says that Ireland is ahead of most European Member States in 'linking labour market intelligence to migration policy.' The new study by ESRI found that the Irish work permit system performs well in adapting to skills shortages and skills surpluses.
The ESRI attributes the excellent performance of the Irish work permit system to the systems in place to allow entry of immigrants with the necessary skills for the Irish economy in proven skills shortage areas.
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