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UK working visa changes 'discriminatory' says Australian government
A report published by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has criticised possible changes to UK working visas - such as to the Tier 2 Visa scheme - describing them as discriminatory and harmful to UK-Australia relations.
The Australian government warned that new UK working visa rules, which, if they come into effect in 2016, will cause ‘structural damage to formal relations between the two countries.’ It seems that Theresa May the UK Home Secretary is in favour of even tougher immigration rules.
Amendments to UK working visa rules might restrict a spouse’s right to work in Britain and limit the capacity of international companies looking to transfer staff using the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer route.
US H-1B and L-1 visa fees doubled affecting Indian companies
Recently, additional fees for H-1B and L-1 visas mainly affecting Indian owned companies in the US were scrapped. However, this is now being reintroduced with US-based Indian IT companies in many cases having to pay $4,000 for an H-1B visa and $4,500 for an L-1 visa.
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3 million US work permits, work visas and green cards issued
Over 3 million foreign nationals were issued with US work permits, working visas [including L-1A and L-1B visas and H-1B visas] and green cards [including EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3] according to the most recent data available, published by the Congressional Research Service for 2013.
In 2013, Mexican, Chinese and Indian nationals were granted most of the 3 million work permits, working visas and green cards issued that year. 2014 numbers are yet to be disclosed, but the 2013 statistics highlight that US work permits and visas continued to be granted in record numbers according to congressional sources and figures provided to the Washington Free Beacon – a right wing online newspaper.
Tier 2 Visa system criticised by Home Affairs Select Committee
The House of Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee has said that the UK Tier 2 Visa system is ‘not fit for purpose’. The following comments were made by Keith Vaz MP in a scathing report published by the Committee, on the government’s Tier 2 Visa cap on recruiting skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU).
…"The government's immigration cap does not fit, it may even be counter-productive…
The Committee, an all-party group of MPs, said the annual Tier 2 Visa limit – which currently stands at 20,700 – is ‘not fit for purpose’ and has had the effect of encouraging employment of EU Citizens from other EU Countries while restricting companies from hiring workers with the necessary skills needed from outside the EU.
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