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Move to South Africa – The Temporary Residence Visa

There are various types of Temporary Residence permits available, however the key information is that these permits are issued on the basis that applicants intend to visit South Africa for a period of over 3 months but not exceeding 3 years.

Temporary Residency

There are various types of Temporary Residence permits available, however the key information is that these permits are issued on the basis that applicants intend to visit South Africa for a period of over 3 months but not exceeding 3 years and for the following reasons:

Study Permit/VisaRelatives Permit/VisaMedical Permit/VisaRetired Persons Visa/PermitBusiness Visa/PermitWork Permit
There are various websites, immigration consultancies as well as the South African High Commission that is able to provide you with more detailed information like specific documents required to process each application.

With the intention to work in South Africa, this proves to be a little more complex and with that comes over four varied types of …

Review student visa rules: British Council

Amidst reports of declining number of student applications from India, the British Council has called for an "urgent review" of recent changes to the student visa system, particularly the closure of the popular post-study work visa from April this year.

The British Council, which is responsible for promoting British education overseas, presented a detailed report to the government on the likely impact the recent student visa changes will have, and compared the experiences of Australia and US in this regard.

Indians are among the highest number of international students coming to the UK every year, and many apply for the post-study work visa to recover some of the funds spent to study here, but the closure of the post-study work visa is seen as a major deterrent.

There are already reports of a decline of nearly 30 percent in applications from the Indian sub-continent.

International students are estimated to contribute over 14 billion pounds annually to the UK economy.

This we…

Procedures to apply for Visa-free entry & Transit (G) Visa to China

Visa-free entry for visitors No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit. Visa-free transit 1. Visas are not required of aliens who hold air tickets to the final destination and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport. 2. Visas are not required of passport holders of the following countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas for the onward countries, final destination tickets and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours : Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland. Apply for a Transit …

Experimental Size Class Employment, Hours, and Earnings Series from the Current Employment Statistics Survey

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program is examining the feasibility of publishing monthly CES employment, hours, and earnings estimates by firm size. Currently, BLS publishes the first preliminary CES employment estimates for a given month at selected industry detail. Subsequent estimates for that month are published in more industry detail with the following month’s first estimates. Research suggests that the available sample may make it feasible to publish monthly size-class employment estimates by major industry sector together with the first preliminary estimates. Employment change by firm size would add a valuable dimension of detail to understanding current employment trends. More at

How to Dress for a Job Fair - How to Impress Employers

Did you know the most often cited complaint from employers at career fairs is that students were not dressed in professional attire? Think about it from the employer's perspective. If you were hiring an intern or professional employee, would you be more impressed with a student in a professional business suit or a student dressed in a t-shirt and jeans? Many employers will even make notes on the student's resume of how they were dressed as a reminder of who was prepared and who was not.

Prarthana Dalal, 2011 International BioGENEius Challenge Winner

Prarthana Dalal, a freshman at Northwestern University from Leawood, Kan., presented her project that focuses on understanding treatment mechanisms for sickle cell disease, "Modeling of human non-deletional hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin conditions in β-globin locus transgenic mouse models." Prarthana's project concentrates on hemoglobingenetics and how sequence changes can affect fetal hemoglobin production in mouse models.

US unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent

The U.S. economy added 243,000 payroll jobs in January 2012 and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent. One month does not a trend make, but the past several months of data show a labor market that is recovering, and an economy that has been accelerating even as fears of a double-dip recession rose.  For those of us who believe the U.S. economy is performing better, stronger and faster than its peers in the developed world, and than many pessimists expect, this is something of a vindication. Positive payroll number. The economy created 243,000 jobs. There was no great post-Christmas season let-down in hiring, as many analysts expected. Strength was across the board. Manufacturing added 50,000 positions. Health care and education added decent chunks of jobs, per usual, but professional services added 70,000 and retail added 10,000 jobs. Average weekly earnings rose a bit, and were up 2.5 percent from January 2011. The conservative recovery continues. Once again, as has been the case fo…

US jobs gap between young and old is widest ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by the Pew Research Center, released in the 2nd week of February 2012, detailed the impact of the recent recession on the struggles of the young Americans. They have suffered bigger income losses than other age groups and are less likely to be employed than at any time since World War II.

With government data showing record gaps in employment between young and old, a Pew survey found that 41 percent of Americans believe that younger adults have been hit harder than any other group, compared with 29 percent who say middle-aged Americans and 24 percent who point to seniors 65 and older. A wide majority of the public — at least 69 percent — also said it's more difficult for today's young adults than their parents' generation to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future.

Among young adults ages 18 to 34, only a third rated their financial situation as "excellent" or "good," compared with 54 percent for seni…

US denies more work visas to Indians: report says

US immigration authorities, in the past four years, have denied more work-related visas, with India-born professionals being refused at higher rates than nationals of other countries, an American think tank said in a report today.

Analysis of new data obtained from US Citizenship and Immigration Services showed the agency had increased denials of L-1 and H-1B petitions beginning 2008, thus harming the competitiveness of US employers and encouraging companies to keep more jobs and resources outside the country, said the report released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).

The report entitled "Data Reveal High Denial Rates for L-1 and H-1 Petitions at USCIS" indicated most of the increase in denials involves India-born professionals and researchers.

The denial rate for India-born applicants for new L-1B petitions rose from 2.8 per cent in fiscal year 2008 to 22.5 per cent in FY 2009, a substantial increase that resulted in many employers being unable to trans…

Immigration firm sealed, this time for lack of work permit licence

The Immigration SIT accompanied by Protector of Emigrants (POE), Chandigarh, today searched the sealed office of an immigration firm called WWICS in Sector 22.

The police have seized certain documents and advertisements given by the WWICS regarding work permit into their possession. The documents clearly show that the company was issuing work permits without having any work permit licence, which is contravention of the provisions of Emigration Act 1983.

After their office was sealed, WWICS had made a presentation to the UT SSP and stated that their website was a global website and the work permit was meant for overseas clients and not for Indians. The company had also claimed that they were not dealing with work permits in India and they had applied for renewal of their license to the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

During investigation, it was found that the data available on Alexa website, 72 per cent of the traffic on the global website of WWICS was from within India and it …

Russian detained in Zimbabwe on visa violation freed has been released

Russian citizen earlier detained in Zimbabwe on violating visa regime has been released and is now on his way to Moscow, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The detainee had arrived in Zimbabwe on a tourist visa but worked for a mining company without a work permit, which is a serious offense subject to long prison term.

The man was released following an official appeal from the Russian Embassy in Harare.


Immigration firm told to refund money

Chandigarh Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed a local immigration consultancy to refund Rs 1.08 lakh to a youth for failing to send him to Australia for higher studies.

President of the Forum Lakshman Sharma and Members Madhu Mutneja and Jaswinder Singh Sidhu have also directed the consultancy to pay Rs 7,000 to the complainant Onkar Verma as cost of litigation.

In his complaint, Verma told the Forum that in 2007, he was allured by the advertisement issued by the firm about its specialisation in providing consultation for immigration to various countries. He approached the firm and stated that he wanted to go to Australia for higher studies.

Verma said the executives at the firm assured him that he fulfilled the eligibility conditions for immigration to Australia. He gave all the requisite documents to the firm for completion the formalities for his immigration. At their bid, he gave a demand draft of Rs 16,100 in the name of the Australian High Commission as 'initi…

UK Home Office announces hike in migrant visa fees

Employers face a hike in visa fees for skilled migrant workers, after the government announced substantial rises “to generate revenue and reduce the burden on the UK taxpayer”.

Minister for Immigration Damian Green said that fees for skilled workers, or Tier 2 migrants, will increase by 20 per cent to £480, while employer sponsorship licences will shoot up by 46 per cent to £1,500 for large companies, and by 61 per cent to £500 for small companies.

However, Green said that while the decision to increase fee charges was a deliberate strategy choice, the UK Border Agency had limited the majority of visa increases to about 2 per cent.

Green said: “Given the ongoing need to reduce public spending, we believe it is right that we continue to seek to reduce the burden on UK taxpayers of delivering the border and immigration system by asking migrants to make a greater contribution to the funding of the UK Border Agency.

“Some fees are set above the administrative cost of providing the servic…

Preparing for a Career Fair

When approaching an employer's table, make sure you have prepared a 30 second "commercial" to introduce yourself and market your strengths. You will want to tell the employer 1) your name, 2) your major or academic background, 3) what position you are seeking, and 4) why you are qualified or why you should be considered. Also prepare questions for the employer. The questions should not be anything that should already be known such as what they do or for what positions they are recruiting. You should also avoid salary related questions unless the employer brings up the topic first. Sample questions are 1) what are they looking for in an applicant? 2) what can a new employee expect in their first year on the job? 3) what is the work environment like at this organization, 4) what is their hiring time line and process for the position?

Priyen Patel, 2011 U.S. National BioGENEius Media Award Winner

Priyen Patel, a junior at Sussex Technical High School in Seaford, Del., who won the U.S. National BioGENEius Media Award, completed a project that focused on filtering ibuprofen and acetaminophen using various water filters to determine the concentration of drugs in drinking water. Priyen's project is titled "Over-the Counter and In Your Water? The Most Effective Filtration of Pharmaceuticals."

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations lobbying to reduce fees for international students

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, comprised of 26 students' unions accross Canada, is lobbying the federal government to reduce fees for international students. The federal government and university administration say international students are not taxpayers, and therefore should not receive subsidized rates for tuition.

International students pay tuition fees three times higher than domestic students. Additionally, most student visas do not come with a multiple entry permit. Each time a student leaves the country the student has to re-apply for another visa. International students are also not allowed to work off-campus unless they have a work permit visa, an application process that costs $150.

These difficulties are faced by the 190,000 international students attending post-secondary institutions across Canada.

"With 30,000 students attending [U of C] it can be very tough getting a job on campus. Therefore, by not being able to work off-campus my chance of get…

India to US: don’t set back IT success story, ease visas

Washington: Voicing concern over protectionism, India has asked the US to address issues faced by Indian IT professionals, who pay $15 billion in taxes, and reminded Washington that this "success story" should not be set back by stringent visa regulations. "We do hope the current economic challenges in the US would not lead to protectionism and that concerns of Indian IT industry will be addressed quickly," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said Monday at at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a US think tank.

Mathai, who is on his first visit to the US as foreign secretary, was speaking on "Building on Convergences: Deepening India-U.S. Strategic Partnership."

Reminding Washington of the contribution of the Indian IT industry and its role in building robust India-US relations, Mathai said the Indians industry employs over 100,000 in the US, up from 20,000 six years ago.

"It supports 200,000 other jobs, including indirect ones, apart fr…

Kuwait lifts ban on commercial visit visa after five months

Kuwait, which has large number of expatriates from India, has lifted a five-month ban on transferring commercial visit visas to work permits.

The ban had been imposed to regulate the influx of unskilled labourers into the country, thereby maintaining demographic balance, the country's Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL) said.

Expatriates who are academically qualified can now secure work permits, while those without qualifications are only allowed to apply for jobs in which there is a skill shortage, known as 'rare fields,' an MSAL official said.

The eligibility to obtain work permit for unqualified workers will be subject to approval from a labour department's special committee, an official source was quoted by Kuwait Times as saying.
Meanwhile, more regulations will be imposed 'to ensure that human trafficking is eliminated,' the source said.

"These will guarantee that expatriates are only hired in places that desperately require their services,…

Learn English 35 - Job Interview

Learn how to form polite questions in the context of a professional job interview. In this intermediate English lesson you will see a job interview taking place in an office. Listen to the polite way the interviewer is asking questions.

Only quality migrants welcome, says UK

In a move bound to create ripples, Britain today announced a shift of focus in its immigration policy, which now seeks to welcome only those Indian and other non-EU immigrants "who add to the quality of life" barring others with a low income potential.

Two proposals outlined in a major speech by Immigration Minister Damian Green are likely to affect Indian professionals and migrants.

The government has already announced its intention to scrap the Post-Study Work visa for non-EU students, which has been popular among Indians.

Non-EU professionals whose annual income at the end of mandatory five years work and stay in the UK is less than 31,000 pounds will need to return to their countries of origin.

Only those with an income higher than this will be allowed to stay here permanently.

Moreover, British citizens and residents who seek to marry foreign spouses need to show an annual income of around 25,000 pounds before they can bring their spouses here.

The objective is to stop …

US takes steps to attract foreign skilled workforce

Amidst pending comprehensive immigration reform, the United States has proposed several steps – including changes in the F-1 and H-1B visas – to attract foreign skilled workforce, a move likely to benefit professionals from countries like India.

Prominent among these reforms include providing work authorisation for spouses of certain H-1B visa holders, 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 international students to include students with a prior degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, allow for additional part-time study for spouses of F-1 students and allow outstanding professors and researchers to present a broader scope of evidence of academic achievement.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that on February 22, it would launch its 'Entrepreneurs in Residence' initiative with an Information Summit in Silicon Valley.

This will bring together high-level representatives from the entrepreneurial community…

US Employment Situation - JANUARY 2012

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job growth was widespread in the private sector, with large employment gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing. Government employment changed little over the month.

The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point in January to 8.3 percent; the rate has fallen by 0.8 point since August. The number of unemployed persons declined to 12.8 million in January.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent) and blacks (13.6 percent) declined in January. The unemployment rates for adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.2 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and Hispanics (10.5 percent) were little changed. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

In January, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs…

Immigration visits Port Pirie

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers will visit Port Pirie on February 23 to provide businesses and overseas workers with information on employer-sponsored visa options.

Two South Australian regional outreach officers will be available for individual appointments with regional employers and employees to answer a range of questions about skilled migration.

“Some businesses in regional communities can find it difficult to fill skilled vacancies with local workers and may want to consider sponsoring suitably qualified workers from overseas,” a departmental spokesman said.

“Our officers will be available to provide a range of information on visa options, market salary rates, health insurance, training requirements and employer obligations.

“The department’s regional outreach program enables people in communities outside capital cities to talk directly with an immigration officer about any specific issues they might face.”

Individual appointments will be available at R…

Online tourist visas for Brazil and Argentina

Tourists from Brazil and Argentina will be able to apply online for a visa to visit Australia from February 15, with applications for the e676 electronic tourist visa now open to them.

A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said the e676 allows people to apply for a tourist visa electronically using a fast, secure and convenient application process.

“These new arrangements mean applicants from Brazil and Argentina have the ability to check the progress of their application electronically,” the spokesman said.

“A notification is sent to the client at the time of decision, providing details of the visa, and airlines are able to confirm the visa entitlements through the Advance Passenger Processing system.”

The visa does not require a visa label to be placed in a passport but clients can, if they wish, print a copy of their visa approval notification email to carry with them while traveling to Australia.

Citizens of Brazil or Argentina who are unable to lodg…

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