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Training to Become a MEDAVAC Pilot

Preparing for a career as a MEDEVAC pilot requires the same level of due diligence as any occupation in which peoples' lives may be on the line. In this case, a MEDEVAC pilot may be responsible for operating civilian EMS vehicles, aeromedical helicopters, Army air ambulances, and fixed-wing aircrafts. Here are a few steps to following in becoming a MEDEVAC pilot:

Lay the groundwork for a career in a highly skilled occupation by taking plenty of math and science classes in school. Science should be complementary to your career for a long time. You will also need to lay the foundation for medical training as well, as you will be required to provide medical evaluations in your future career. Plan on getting at least a two year degree from a medical school. If you're worried about the cost you might want to look into medical school loans from Discover.

Get flying training early on by being a part of your college ROTC program. This will provide you with one-on-one training that is …

Strict immigrations rules for students visa forces UK private colleges to shut down

The British government’s introduction of stricter immigration rules for foreign students has seen the number of foreign students fall substantially, putting many colleges and groups of colleges out of business.

Following a decline in the student population, the number of private colleges forced to close down has increased to almost half in just a year. Figures revealed by Wilkins Kennedy, an accountancy firm, say that some 169 educational institutions shut down in 2011, which showed a sharp increase compared to 117 in 2010.

Experts claimed that many of the closures apparently related to private language colleges and institutions offering specialist business courses, The Telegraph reports. Following the introduction of tough new controls, on foreign students as a way to cut down on migration, the number of insolvencies in the education sector increased by 44 per cent last year, compared with a three per cent rise in other corporate insolvencies over the same period.

The firm said all c…

Japan embassy in India introduces new system of visa processing

The Embassy of Japan has introduced a new system of visa processing through VFS Global, with effect from April 2, 2012.

Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India, in statement said: ''It is my sincere hope that, with the opening of the JVAC, the visit to Japan will become more convenient for all travellers from India to Japan. This year, Japan and India celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral relationship. It is quite timely to announce the opening of the visa centre on this commemorative year, since the visa center will facilitate more Indian tourists, business travellers and others to visit Japan.

About 15 million people in India travel overseas, and it is expected that the number will grow up to 50 million by the year 2020. The Japanese government has designated India as one of the focal countries in its 'Visit Japan Campaign'.

For those applying for visa, there will be following advantages after the introduction of this system. Vis…

South Africa: Short-term work permit move is ill-considered

If a foreigner wants to come to South Africa to work for more than three months, one must apply for an appropriate category of work permit.

But if the person is only flitting into the country for a few days (or any period up to three months) to attend meetings, work on a film or do other such work, he or she can apply for what is called a Section 11(2) visitor permit. This is permission to be here as a visitor and to work – for that very limited window.

Until very recently, all that was required (if your passport is visa exempt) was a letter confirming when you were coming and what you intended doing, where and for how long. You would present this on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport and you would get permission to work for up to three months. This was nice, clean and efficient. Unfortunately, this business-friendly facility was also open to serious abuse – and it was abused.

But instead of ‘tweaking’ its software, deploying its officials to inspect known suspect employers or …

US Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary - March 2012

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in March. Thirty states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 8 states posted rate increases, and 12 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while New York experienced an increase. The national jobless rate was little changed from February at 8.2 percent but was 0.7 percentage point lower than in March 2011.

In March 2012, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 20 states, and was unchanged in Alabama. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in New York (+19,100), followed by California (+18,200) and Arizona (+13,500). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-9,500), followed by New Jersey (-8,600) and Wisconsin (-4,500). Arizona experienced the largest over-the-…

Swiss to limit immigration from eastern Europe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland Said on Wednesday it was reimposing quotas on workers from central and eastern Europe as it faces criticism over soaring immigration to an economy that is holding up better than most others on the continent.

The Swiss cabinet said it had decided to invoke a "safeguard clause" in its agreement with the European Union on the free movement of persons, reimposing quotas that were abolished a year ago for citizens from central and eastern Europe.

"In invoking the safeguard clause, the Federal Council is seeking to apply one of the means at its disposal to control the immigration flow into Switzerland," it said in a statement.

The government is imposing a quota of 2,000 permits for the year from May 1 for citizens from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary compared to the 6,000 permits granted in the last year.

The government said the 1.1 million EU citizens in the country of 7.9 million bene…

US Employment Situation - March 2012

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment rose in manufacturing, food services and drinking places, and health care, but was down in retail trade.

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.2 percent) were both little changed in March.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.6 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (7.3 percent), blacks (14.0 percent), and Hispanics (10.3 percent) showed little or no change in March. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.3 million in March. These individuals accounted for 42.5 percent of the unemployed. Since April 2010, the number of long-term unemployed has fallen by 1.4 mi…

How Does 2012's Increasingly Bimodal Class System Compare With 1912?

It is popular for American society to bemoan the decline of the middle class. Our shared cultural narrative tells us that the middle class was once large and all-encompassing, that it was relatively easy to enter and represented widely shared values, and that it was what set America apart from the stratified societies seen in Europe and across the developing world.

To a point, this nostalgic narrative contains a substantial shred of truth. Indeed, in the decades following World War II, the United States saw a substantial growth in the middle class. Postwar prosperity coupled with the GI Bill, the accessibility of cheap suburban housing, and a rapid expansion of service industries all propelled America towards a white-collar, picket-fence, middle class identity. The amount of GDP controlled by the wealthiest earners slowly fell. The number of people in poverty gradually decreased likewise.

But the once unstoppable march of the middle class took a hit in the past decade. Since 2000, alm…

US Job Openings and Labor Turnover – February 2012

There were 3.5 million job openings on the last business day of February, little changed from January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate (3.3 percent) and separations rate (3.1 percent) were little changed in February. The job openings rate, at 2.6 percent, has trended upward since the end of the recession in June 2009. (Recession dates are determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research.) This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by geographic region.


The PDF version of the news release

22,000 H-1B applications filed in first four days

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has received about 22,000 petitions for the much sought after H-1B work visas in the first four days after it started accepting applications on April 2, officials said.

"We have received approximately 22,000 H-1B petitions for the fiscal 2013 beginning October 1 this year," US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesperson Bill Wright said.

The USCIS official, however, was quick to note that these are preliminary figures.

The 22,000 H-1B petitions received in the first four days are from both the categories: Congressionally mandated cap of 65,000 in the general category and another 20,000 in the advance degree category.

Even these preliminary figures indicate that there has been quite an increase in the H-1B petitions this year as compared to the previous two years, it is much less than the previous years when the cap was reached on the very first day.

In 2011, in the first week, the USCIS had received approximately 5,90…

H-1B visa staff crucial to US: Microsoft

On Monday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving petitions for the H-1B visas for the fiscal 2013 beginning October, 2012.

The congressionally mandated numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2013 is 65,000, as has been in the previous years.

Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a US master's degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap.

Smith has predicted that the numerical limitation for H-1B could be filled up very soon than previous years.

"Even with our economy in the midst of a prolonged recovery, the annual allotment of H-1B visas is projected to be exhausted earlier than last year, and well before the end of the government's fiscal year.

"This isn't surprising, with the unemployment rate in the technology sector below 4 per cent," he wrote on a Microsoft post.

Smith said, "Our economy is hungry for workers with strong educational bac…

UK closes post-study students' 'work' visa

Under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route, non-EU students were able to take up work for two years here after the completion of their university courses. This route will be closed, the UK Home Office has announced on April 5th, 2012.

The facility was popular among self-financing Indian students who sought to recover some of the expenses of studying here by working for two years.

The facility also enabled them to gain work experience in the UK that was seen to aid career prospects in India. There are already reports of falling numbers of Indian students applying for university courses starting from September 2012.

From tomorrow, following the closure of the facility, international students will be able to apply for leave to remain in the UK under other immigration routes if they meet the criteria, but most such students are unlikely to meet the higher income level and other criteria.

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

Th…