In the US, no more H-1B visas are available for the upcoming fiscal year. The fiscal year 2007 begins on October first, 2006 for anyone granted an H-1B visa this year. The full quota of 66,000 applications has been met and the US will not accept any submitted after May 26th. Applications for the fiscal year 2008 begin on April 1st of 2007.
Midwives with nursing training and certificates are in high demand in the US. Approximately 320,000 couples have their children born at home annually these days. The numbers have more than doubled over the last ten years.
Dublin, Ireland is being called the "brain gain" capital of the European Union . One of the most economically depressed regions in Europe a decade ago, Ireland continues to be the "Celtic Tiger". With one of the lowest...
Current reforms for UK immigration are progressing. Several target dates are being reached in the coming week, with several more during the remainder of the summer.
New versions of the HSMP application form and guidance notes are available and should be used on or after 19 June.
June 19th is an important date for a number of application forms. Old forms will not be accepted and in most cases will result in applications being rejected.
Holders of an Immigration Employment Document applying for Further Leave to Remain are affected. All types of this form are revised, along with guidance on how to use them. All SET forms for permanent residence are also updated.
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Updates to numerous immigration and visa forms in the UK take effect
Please note that as of June 19, a large number of application forms related to UK visas and work permits have been updated. For posts for postgraduate doctors and dentists starting on or after 19 June 2006 you will need to use the new PD1 work permit form.
Current listing of critical skills shortage for the UK
The British Home Office has a listing of current critical skill areas, with nearly 100 specialties being aggressively recruited from around the world. Engineers in many fields are prominent, with several dozen dental specialties also listed. General medical practitioners, nurses and healthcare workers, and midwives are also considered in high demand.
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Demand remains high for healthcare workers in the U.S., especially for nurses and support staff. Demand for Nurse Practitioners who are Registered Nurses with specialized training that allows them to perform many of the duties normally done by doctors is growing.
Two new forms for US green cards are now available. The Affidavit of Support, primarily used for family-based applications, has been revised. The Form I-864EZ and Form I-864W are designed to streamline the process, making it easier for sponsors to demonstrate their ability to support green card applicants. All decisions made on or after July 21st will be subject to the new rule, even if the application was submitted before July 21st.
Conservative factions of the American Republican party shut down legislative debate in the House of Representatives last week. "There...