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Working and living in Denmark

Many companies are characterized by an open dialogue between employees and management. Danish business culture is quite informal, and in comparison to other countries we do not have very hierarchical structures. Thus, you find a fairly relaxed atmosphere in Danish work places – somewhat like you may already have experienced at DTU in your relations with your teachers.

Most tasks in Danish companies are performed through cooperation between colleagues and departments. Team work is very important in the Danish job market.

Danes also tend to get more out of their working lives than just work: many companies have a cultural club, a sports club and a couple of social events a year for their employees (Christmas lunch and a summer outing).

Equal opportunities
In Denmark, women have the same career opportunities as men. As for equality of wages the level is by law required to be equal for men and women performing the same job. Employers are not allowed to refuse applicants on grounds of gende…

New rules for Turks and Caicos Islands visas

The visa application system in the Turks and Caicos Islands will undergo a major overhaul and changes will include a new requirement that all applications must be made at UK posts overseas.

This was announced in a Government press release which stated that applications will be decided by a visa referral unit in the TCI. Further work will be done to expand the countries whose nationals will require a visa to enter the TCI, and to improve security features.

The press statement, which outlined a number of changes in the Immigration Ministry, said that the Employment Services Department will launch new job placement services in November. The Department will publish on its website and in leaflets clear guidelines on the process for registering as unemployed, and the services offered to employers and employees to match people to vacant posts. The Employment Officers will be located downstairs in Sam’s building on Provo.
The Department will also streamline labour clearance and work perm…

Spend $500,000 or more on a residential property and get a visa to live in US

The news in the Wall Street Journal on 20 October, under the header “Foreigners' Sweetener: Buy House, Get a Visa,” came as something of a surprise. The body of the piece said two senators, New York’s Charles Schumer (D) and Utah’s Mike Lee (R), were preparing to introduce a bill that would grant foreigners who spend $500,000 or more on a residential property a visa effective for as long as you own such property. These lucky people would be allowed to bring along spouses and any children under the age of 18. There would be no cap on the number of visas granted.

The reason behind the proposed bill was contained in the following paragraph of the WSJ article: “Foreigners have accounted for a growing share of home purchases in South Florida, Southern California, Arizona and other hard-hit markets. Chinese and Canadian buyers, among others, are taking advantage not only of big declines in US home prices and reduced competition from Americans, but also of favorable foreign exchange rate…

Australia cancels visas of 15,066 student for violation of rules

MELBOURNE: Australian authorities have cancelled 15,066 student visas of foreign nationals for breaching visa conditions, reports said.

The Immigration Department has already cancelled 15,066 foreign student visas in the past year, a 37 per cent spike from the previous year.

About 3,624 students are facing deportation for flunking subjects or missing classes and a further 2,235 visas were cancelled on students who quit their original courses and were either working illegally, in some cases in brothels, 'The Daily telegraph' reported.

The report said that Indian students have been hit the hardest where as Chinese students were fared better as they were less likely to be studying for a trade.

Under the new rules, University graduates will have the right to work here for two years after they graduate, leaving vocational training students to wait on a second tranche of changes, due next year, to find out where they stand.

Of the 332,709 international students in Australia in June,…

Scandal-hit UK University closes down

London: The 120-year-old University of Wales, which was recently in news for validating degrees at colleges where controversial practices were revealed affecting many students from India, among others, has been abolished.

An Indian-origin lecturer at the Rayat London college was recently filmed in an undercover investigation advising students on how to cheat Britain's immigration officials while securing a work visa. Its degrees were validated by the University of Wales. Many Indian students were stranded when the Tasmac London School of Business, which also offered degrees validated by the University of Wales, closed down. Efforts were made to accommodate the stranded students in other colleges.

The University also received criticism for the working of two institutions in Malaysia and Thailand where its degrees were offered without the necessary clearances or standards. Now the scandal-hit university has been abolished after it merged with two colleges to form the new University…

Career-changing strategies that worked

Today's job market is full of experienced candidates. Are you one among them? The answer may be no, especially when you are changing a career to a new field.

It's not at all unusual for a hiring manager to be looking at a pile of 200 resumes for each opening. Some of those candidates are going to have exactly the industry experience they're looking for. So if yours doesn't, why shouldn't they throw it out?Wait! Before you throw in the towel on trying to change careers, consider these tried-and-true methods. One of them, or some combination, might get you where you want to go.

Try temping. Since you're at a disadvantage without industry experience, an obvious solution is to get some. Sign on with a temp agency that specializes in the field you want to enter. You'll probably have to take a step down in pay, but it gives you the chance to prove yourself. The important thing is to get a foot in the door.

Be ready to talk up your portable skills. What have you…

US evangelist held for visa violation

Kochi: American evangelist and preacher William Lee who allegedly violated visa norms by conducting a musical convention here has been arrested.

Police had issued lookout notices at all airports in India for the detention of the US evangelist allegedly after he tried to flee the arrest.

Lee's arrest came after the Faith Leaders Church of God, a Christian congregation instrumental in bringing Lee to India informed of the police of his decision to surrender.

The Palarivattam police had registered a case against Lee for for conducting faith music convention at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here despite possessing only a tourist visa.

Finding motivation in your career - Randall Craig

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Practical suggestions on how to avoid procrastination, make tough decisions, or finding the energy to exercise after a tough day.

Russian Parliament clears easy visa pact with India

Cementing ties with India, Russian Parliament today ratified a bilateral visa simplification pact to boost business, scientific and cultural exchanges and tourism between the two strategic partners.

The nod by the Federation Council, the upper house of Russian Parliament, came days after the lower house State Duma overwhelmingly approved the inter-governmental agreement on simplification of requirements for mutual travels of certain categories of citizens.

Inked in Delhi on December 21, 2010, the pact provides for simplified visa process for members of the official delegations, businessmen, representatives of the industry and commerce chambers, persons involved in scientific, cultural and creative professions, sister city exchanges, school kids, other students, their group leaders, research scholars and tourists, the Federation Council said in a release.

The bill will now go for signing into law by President Dmitry Medvedev.

The individual citizens and organisations will not any more…

Oz state to push for reforms in education market

Australian state of Victoria is all set to push for easing visa restrictions to boost its USD 5.8 billion international education market, particularly vocational sector which has been recording severe drop in enrollments.

According to 'The Age' newspaper report, Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu has blamed Canberra of "effectively strangling" the international student market.

He said that he was now like to push for wider changes to visa restrictions.

Baillieu along with New South Wales premier are expected to use the next Council of Australian Governments meeting to challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard to further ease visa restrictions, with Victoria arguing the changes should be based on the type of qualification students get, not just that it comes from a university.

"The Victorian government is concerned that the Commonwealth have effectively strangled the international education market with a knee-jerk reaction that is threatening a USD 5.8 billion industr…

Swedish work permit rules 'misused': minister

Some 200 Bangladeshi migrants have recently arrived in Sweden, holding work permits from a Swedish firm to enable them to work as berry pickers but they never worked in the country, and instead flew straight out of Arlanda Airport, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

"The government’s position is clear - it is absolutely intolerable if the rules are being misused," Migration minister Tobias Billström told The Local on Monday.

Billström observed that while "we can discuss how well the control system works", he pointed out that the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) is responsible for the assessment of visa applications and that in this case the applications were in fact revoked.

"The Migration Board is in constant contact with the border police," he said as part of the agency's responsibility for tackling the problem of bogus contracts.

Almost since its introduction in 2008 the law allowing for labour migration has come under cr…

U.S. economy: 103,000 jobs added but unemployment still at 9.1%

The Obama administration dodged a bullet today when the United States Bureau of Labour Statistics announced in its jobs report for September that non-farm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 although the unemployment rate held at 9.1 per cent.

However the BLS poured cold water on the ostensible pause in the economy’s downward slide when it pointed out that the increase in employment partially reflected the return to payrolls of about 45,000 telecommunications workers who had been on strike in August.

Even as markets continued to be roiled in the wake of uncertainty regarding the pace of the recovery, the BLS however underscored some stability in unemployment numbers, noting that the number of unemployed persons, at 14.0 million, was essentially unchanged in September.

However some worrisome trends persisted beneath the aggregate figures as the number of long-term unemployed, that is those jobless for 27 weeks or more, was 6.2 million in September and they accounted for whopping 44.…

US Labor Department launches economic and employment statistics app

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most up-to-date employment data and economic news releases from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and its Employment and Training Administration now can be viewed using a new mobile application.

The free app displays real-time updates to the unemployment rate, Unemployment Insurance initial claims, the Consumer Price Index, payroll employment, average hourly earnings, the Producer Price Index, the Employment Cost Index, productivity, the U.S. Import Price Index and the U.S. Export Price Index as they are published each week, month or quarter. News releases providing context for the data are also available through the app and can be viewed within a mobile browser or as PDF documents.

"We know that people around the world are interested in labor statistics," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Labor Department is continuously exploring how to share important information using th…

The Career Engineer: Resumes

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The Career Engineer Francina Harrison shares her tips on how to clean up that resume.

India, Pak to issue multiple-entry visas to traders: Fahim

Islamabad: India and Pakistan have agreed to solve visa problems faced by businessmen of both countries by issuing multiple-entry visas valid for a year, Pakistani Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim said Thursday.

Both countries had agreed on issuing multiple-entry visas to traders during his recent visit to India, Fahim told the media.

All controversial issues between the two countries will be discussed one by one, he said. It had also been agreed during his visit that India will not oppose the World Trade Organisation waiver sought by the European Union for granting duty-free access for certain goods from Pakistan, Fahim said.

Asked about Pakistan's invitation to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit the country, Fahim said the invitation had been accepted but dates for the visit will be decided later. Foreign Minister spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, speaking during a weekly news briefing, said Commerce Minister Fahim had concluded a "good visit" to India durin…

Skilled Indians face a 70-year green card wait!

Washington: A highly skilled Indian national sponsored today for the most common skilled employment-based immigrant visa could wait 70 years to receive a green card, conclude two new reports by a US policy research group.

The reports by the National Foundation for American Policy conclude that exempting from green card quotas international students with an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) would keep talented individuals from leaving the United States.

This would "reap significant benefits to the competitiveness of U.S. companies and to the economy overall" suggests the reports - "Keeping Talent in America" and "Waiting and More Waiting: America's Family and Employment-Based Immigration System."

The majority of employer-sponsored immigrants tend to be from India and China, but the wait times are longest for such foreign nationals because of the per country limit, which restricts the number of green cards awarded…

Sectors of Growth in the Job Market

It can often seem as though there are no jobs out there, especially in the wake of the recent recession. While it is true to say that hunting for a job is harder now for many than it might have been a few years ago, there are definitely still signs of hope and many sectors where the job opportunities are growing.

The UK job market stayed relatively static over the past year, with figures for the second quarter of 2011 roughly corresponding with those for the same period in 2010. This might seem disheartening, but there have been quite a few areas of growth and so people who are currently looking for jobs might want to consider extending their searches to incorporate a wider range of sectors in order to give themselves the best possible chance of finding suitable employment.

For instance, construction jobs are up by 22% year on year and they were up by 1% on quarter 1 of 2011, suggesting that growth in the sector is still continuing. This could be good news for quite a large number of…

What is a transcript?

A transcript is an official copy of a student's academic record. It records all courses successfully and unsuccessfully completed by the student.

You would use an Official Transcript if you need to provide evidence of your University or College academic record to another educational institution, for employment or to apply for scholarships or bursaries.

An Unofficial Transcript may be obtained from your University which can be submitted along with your applications for employment.

United States
In United States education, a transcript (Cumulative Record File, CRF, Permanent Record, or simply Record) is a copy of a student's permanent academic record which usually means all courses taken, all grades received, all honors received and degrees conferred to a student.

European Union
In the European ECTS system, transcripts are called Transcript of Records (ToR), and are used to document the performance of a student over a certain period of time by listing the course units or modules …

Immigration is key for Canada’s economy

The Government of Canada views immigration as one of the most important factors in strengthening the economy following the recession and has noted that changes may come to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney told media that although the Canadian economy has emerged from the recession relatively unharmed, immigration is still the key to further economic growth.

Consultations regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will be held over the next month.

USCIS Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Rule Impacting Certain Pending Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Applications

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeks public comments on a proposed rule published in the Federal Register today that would enable USCIS to process certain applications approved between 1995 and 1998 by immigrant investors under the fifth preference employment-based immigrant visa classification, also known as EB-5.

The proposed rule would implement provisions of the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. These provisions apply to a group of immigrant investors who had a Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, approved between Jan. 1, 1995, and Aug. 31, 1998.

Specifically, the rule would enable USCIS to process cases for approximately 580 principal immigrant investors and their dependents whose Forms I-526 were approved during the period described above and who, prior to Nov. 2, 2002, sought to:

* Register for permanent residence or adjust their status (using Form I-485); or
* Remove conditions on permane…

Mission Possible: Get Your US Student Visa

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If you've decided to study in the United States you need a student visa. This video explains how to apply.

395 000 jobs lost in 2010: Stats SA

About 395 000 jobs were lost in 2010 compared to the previous year, Statistics SA said on Wednesday.

Around 13.1 million people were employed in 2010 compared to 13.5 million in 2009.

"This indicates the country has not yet fully recovered from the economic downturn in 2009," Stats SA deputy director-general for population and social statistics Kefiloe Masiteng told reporters in Pretoria.

However, the level of employment in 2010, at 13.1 million, was still higher than that of 2005, when it was 12.8 million.

Jobs in the formal sector shrunk by 3.5% in 2010 compared to the previous year. Employment in the informal sector grew by 1.4%.

Of those people in jobs, the median monthly earnings were R2 900.

A third of workers - excluding agriculture - earned less than this.

The age profile of the working population showed the labour market was struggling to absorb young people, Masiteng said.

About one in four working age people was between the ages of 25 and 34.

People of this age ma…

Hong Kong: Filipino maid wins landmark ruling on residency

Hong Kong: A Filipino maid in Hong Kong won the opening legal battle in her fight for permanent residency after a court ruled Friday that an immigration provision excluding the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids was unconstitutional.

It was a major legal victory in a case that has divided the city with accusations of ethnic discrimination against the foreign maids, most of whom are from the Philippines or Indonesia.

Justice Johnson Lam, ruling in the Court of First Instance, said the immigration provision denying the maids the right to gain permanent residency after seven years – as other foreign residents can – was inconsistent with the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution.

The government is likely to appeal the ruling.

The case was launched by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a longtime foreign domestic helper, who sought a judicial review after her bid for permanent residency was rejected.

''To be clear, Ms. Vallejos won on the unconstitutionality of the p…

Remove visa hurdles for IT professionals: India to Canada

New York: Indian IT professionals are facing visa problem not only in the US, but also in the neighbouring Canada.

The issue was taken up between by the Indian and Canadian trade ministers here today.

Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said at a meeting with the Canadian Minister of International Trade and Asia-Pacific, Gateway Edward Fast "to sensitise the Canadian authorities to remove impediments to the movement of IT professionals from India to Canada".

Fast, however, said that his government had recently changed policy, under which multiple entry visas are being given.

India is currently the second largest source of immigrants to Canada, with a rapidly growing Indo-Canadian community estimated at one million.

In 2009 alone, Canada issued Indian nationals 145,835 visas. Of those, 31,090 were permanent resident visas, 6,964 related to studies, 98,545 were temporary resident and 9,235 were temporary work permits.

Magsaysay awardee Neelima Mishra's US visa rejected

The American Consulate in Mumbai has rejected the application for visa by Magsaysay award winner Neelima Mishra, invited to the US to speak on rural development in India.

According to Secretary to the social activist who is based in Jalgaon, Mishra was handed over a letter rejecting her application when she went to the Consulate yesterday, which said the decision to deny her visa had been taken on the grounds of her unsound "social and economic" status and the possibility of her continued stay in the US.

However, apparently realising the mistake, the Consulate officials telephoned her in the evening asking her to come back on Monday, October 3, with the letter of rejection.

Mishra, winner of the 2011 Magsaysay award for her work in rural India, is scheduled to leave for the US on October 12 to address the 9th international conference organised in Chicago by 'India Development Coalition of America', being held on October 15 and 16 in which she is expected to explain h…

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