Showing posts from August, 2012

Non-EU students at university in London face deportation

London: Over 2,600 non-EU students at a major London university who face deportation after immigration officials last night revoked its licence to admit international students due to "serious and systemic failures".

In a move that sent ripples across Britain's higher education sector, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) stripped the London Metropolitan University (LMU) of its licence to admit international students, putting the future of its non-EU students in serious jeopardy.

If the non-EU students already on courses at the university are unable to transfer to another UK university within 60 days, they face deportation to their home countries, according to UKBA rules.

Non-EU students who have already secured visa and are preparing to come and study at LMU from next month, will have their visas cancelled due to the revocation.

The Home Office guidance to universities states: "If a student has already been given a visa when we revoke your licence, we will cancel it if t…

State lost 6,500 jobs in July, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports

Wisconsin lost 6,500 jobs in July, according to a monthly survey of employment by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly estimates have been criticized for being less accurate than quarterly figures taken from businesses’ state tax and unemployment reports.

But the three-month picture for the first quarter of 2012 wasn’t good, either. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Aug. 16 that close to 51,000 jobs were lost between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Despite the downturn, Wisconsin has added about 28,000 jobs overall in the past year.

But the state has had a net loss of 27,000 jobs since December 2010, the month prior to Gov. Scott Walker coming into office. Walker promised he would help create 250,000 jobs before the end of his four-year term. He’s nearing the half-way point of the term, with no progress to date.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin ended 2011 with 2,689,565 jobs. The bureau said the state ranked 40th in job creation in 2011.

UK unemployment falls further post London Olympics

LONDON: The number of Britons out of work fell to the lowest level in nearly a year in the three months through June, data showed on Wednesday, providing some rare good news from the recession-hit economy. The fall in unemployment and the rise in employment will come as a relief for the government, under intense pressure to revive the economy, which is stuck in recession as cuts to public spending, the euro zone debt crisis and a lack of bank lending hold back growth.

The number of people claiming jobless benefit fell by 5,900 in July, the Office for National Statistics said. Analysts had forecast an increase of 6,000 on the month. The number of people without a job on the wider ILO measure fell by 46,000 in the three months to June to 2.564 million. The jobless rate dipped to 8.0 per cent, the lowest level since the three months to July 2011 and compared with forecasts for an unchanged reading of 8.1 per cent.

The ONS said that the decline in unemployment was largely due to falling j…

Iran halts visa-free entry for Turks ahead of NAM summit

Iran has suspended until at least the end of the month visa-free entry for nationals of Turkey and eight other countries, citing its hosting of a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, the Mehr news agency reported today.

Turkish media have highlighted the suspension, which came amid heightened tensions between Iran and Turkey over opposing stances on the conflict in Syria.

Iran's embassy in Ankara confirmed the suspension, and said the NAM summit was the sole reason. "The three-week suspension of the no-visa arrangement is due only to the important Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran," to be held August 26-31, the embassy said in a statement reported by Mehr.

"The suspension does not effect only Turkish visitors. It applies to all countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Iran," it said. It added that Turkish officials had been informed of the decision in advance.

The Non-Aligned Movement is a grouping of 120 countries which consider themselves not formally part …

UK visa: priority service for visa delivery within five days to improve its visa service in China

Britain has undertaken special measures such as a priority service for visa delivery within five days to improve its visa service in China, which has more visa application centres than any other country.

Official sources here said that in 2011, 30 per cent more visas were issued to Chinese visitors than in 2010.

More agents have also been accredited by the UK Border Agency to expand the dedicated service provided to tourist groups.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "We welcome the strong growth in Chinese visitors to the UK - it shows the attractiveness of the UK as a destination for both tourism and business.

"China is one of the UK's priority markets for tourism and business and we are committed to providing an ever improving service to support this".

These improvements will support a new 8 million pounds investment in tourism from China announced by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport today.

Green added: "We've already int…

Australia - New in Visas, Immigration and Refugees

Australia's healthy economy is being driven by a strong mining and energy sector. US war veterans have the know-how in engineering, planning and heavy machinery, and could offer a solution for some of Australia's skills shortage. While the US economy is recovering, Australia is offering an opportunity for war veterans with the experience and qualifications to fill skilled vacancies down under.

Changes to Student Visa Living Cost Requirement from 1 July 2012 – 20 June 2012Travelling without a visa label – 5 April 2012Australia's Humanitarian Program – invitation for submissions on Australia's Humanitarian Program for 2012 –13 – 23 December 2011The Latest Developments in Skilled Migration Policy – Speech by Kruno Kukoc (364KB PDF file) – 28 November 2011Refugee and Humanitarian Issues – Australia's Response is now available – 20 June 2011Report on Economic, Social and Civic Contributions of First and Second Generation Humanitarian Entrants – 17 June 2011Information sh…

Ottawa call centre

The Ottawa Call Centre answers thousands of telephone calls and emails every year. If you live in the Americas and have a question on visas, skilled migration or citizenship, then the team at the centre is there to help in English, French, Spanish and Portugese.

Why should I become an Australian citizen?

Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’. Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation. The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and Australians respect the authority and laws of the government. Our stability, our culture and our laws hav…

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides free English language courses to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.
Participants can also make new friends and learn about Australia, its people and customs. Learning EnglishInformation about learning English with the AMEP. Teaching EnglishInformation for teachers and service providers. Information in Other LanguagesInformation about the AMEP in 27 community languages. AMEP Facts & FiguresInformation about the services offered by the AMEP, and how the program operates. New in Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)On 7 February 2012 the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy and Senator the Hon Kate Lundy issued a joint media release about a three-year trial of virtual English language tuition using the National Broadband Network (NBN)A fact sheet on the ‘NBN-enabled Virtual English Tuition for Migrants trial’ can be downloaded from the NBN website – 7 February 2012

SkillSelect for those interested in migrating to Australia

SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI). Intending migrants can be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

The benefits of SkillSelect

SkillSelect is a major change to how Australia manages its skilled migration program.

SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It will support the Australian Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship expects to significantly reduce the time taken to process a visa application.

SkillSelect will also help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indi…

Australian Visa Enquiries

Change of Address, Name or Passport DetailsForms you can use to notify the department about a change of address, name or passport details. EmployersFind contact details and information to assist Australian employers check work rights and Visa Entitlement Verification Online. WorkersFind contact details and information about lodging or checking your applications for General Skilled Migration visas, Employer Sponsored Workers visas, Business Skills visas, visas for Doctors and Nurses and Working Holiday visas. Students and Sponsored TrainingFind contact details and information about making and checking the progress of applications for Student visas and Sponsored Training visas including Professional Development or Occupational Trainee visas. VisitorsFind contact details and information about making, and checking the progress of Tourist, eVisitor, ETA and Working Holiday applications, including information about making online applications. Family MembersFind contact details and information ab…

Australian Immigration Offices Outside the country

This page provides information on contacting Australian Immigration Offices outside Australia. They may include: location of Australian Visa Office responsible for specific country, region or economya Service Delivery Partner (SDP) to provide visa application services on behalf of the department - if the Australian Visa Office has an agreement with another companywhere to direct your visa or citizenship enquiries (Australian Visa Office or SDP)how to lodge your applicationhours of operation – counter and telephonewebsite addresses.Use the list below to find the responsible Australian Visa Office for your country, region or economy. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWYZ

Australian Government's Electronic Travel Authority System

If you are planning a holiday visit or a short business trip to Australia, you will need to apply for either a visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). An ETA will let you spend up to three months in Australia.

Am I eligible?You are only eligible to apply for an ETA while you are outside of Australia. To apply through this site, you must also hold one of the listed ETA-eligible passports. If you do not meet these criteria, you may be eligible for an eVisitor or an e676 Tourist visa online. Visit to check your eligibility for these services.
ETA-eligible passports:
BruneiCanadaHong Kong SARJapanMalaysiaSingaporeSouth KoreaUnited States of America Holders of UK British National (Overseas) (GBN) passports are not eligible to apply for ETAs through this site. What is an ETA?An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an application. Applications for ETAs can…

Most mothers take leave from work after childbirth: StatsCan

OTTAWA—Most Canadian mothers with young children took some type of maternity leave following childbirth, according to a new study.

Statistics Canada said 90 per cent of children between the ages of one and three living outside Quebec had working mothers who temporarily left their jobs after giving birth.

Their average leave was 44 weeks, the agency said.

About 26 per cent of these children had working fathers who also stayed home after they were born. Fathers took an average of 2.4 weeks off work.

Statistics Canada said most mothers — 83 per cent — took paid leave. Around one in five mothers took unpaid leave. The average length of paid leave was 40 weeks, while the average for unpaid leave was 4.5 weeks.

“A number of factors, including socio-economic and child and maternal health characteristics, were associated with whether mothers and fathers took leave and with the length of leave,” the agency said.

The report covered the 2010-11 period.

In Quebec, which has its own parental benef…

JSPS-NSF International Collaborations in Chemistry (ICC)

JSPS-NSF International Collaborations in Chemistry (ICC): How to applyApplication ProcedureThis program has a two-step screening process.
(1) 'Preliminary Proposals': Preliminary screening process is conducted only on the NSF side, so Japanese Principle Investigators (PIs) need not submit a 'Preliminary Proposal' to JSPS.

Japanese researchers who wish to apply for this program are to contact their counterpart American researchers to make sure that they submit preliminary proposals to NSF.

For further details, Click here (NSF)

NSF will inform the American PIs of the preliminary screening results around early December. JSPS will contact only the Japanese PIs whose proposals are successful. Only the proposals that pass NSF's preliminary screening may apply to both JSPS and NSF as Full Proposals. 

(2) 'Full Proposals': Japanese PIs whose counterpart US PIs' preliminary proposals have been accepted by NSF should submit their full proposals to JSPS. 

Although appli…

July jobs report: Why the unemployment rate just won’t budge in US

The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the unemployment rate stayed essentially unchanged, even nudging up slightly from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent (actually, if you want to get technical, it went from 8.22 percent to 8.25 percent).

The bright spot here is that the job market isn’t getting dramatically worse. Those 163,000 new jobs were more than forecasters expected. July’s jobs figures were also much better than the disappointing reports in May and June. The more troubling news, however, is that the economy isn’t getting dramatically better, either.
This has been the case for quite some time: In the first seven months of 2012, the economy has added 151,000 jobs per month on average. That’s on par with 2011, when the economy added an average of 153,000 jobs per month. That’s enough to keep up with the growth of the U.S. population. But it’s not enough to bring down the unemployment rate dramatically. According to the Ha…

U.S. adds 163,000 jobs; unemployment at 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON Friday’s monthly unemployment report provides Republican Mitt Romney a fresh chance to highlight discontent over the economy even as President Barack Obama pre-empted him with a swing-state ad campaign attacking the challenger’s tax plan.

While payrolls rose by 163,000, more than forecast, the jobless rate increased to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent, a five-month high, the Labor Department reported.

Neither number is likely to sway many voters, said Dan Schnur, a campaign adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s first bid for the White House.

“Voters already know what they think about the economy,” Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said Thursday. “What’s left is for them to decide who can do something to make it better.”

Private forecasters expected the unemployment rate to hold steady at 8.2 percent and payrolls to increase by 100,000 after an 80,000 gain in June, according to the me…

JSPS - Bilateral Programs

Bilateral ProgramsJuly 6, 2012Joint Research Projects/Seminars FY2013 Call For Proposals (September Application Round) was posted.July 6, 2012Researcher Exchange Program FY2013 Call For Proposals was posted.JSPS promotes international scientific exchanges between Japan and counterpart countries in accordance with agreements or memoranda of understanding concluded with academies, research councils and other science-promotion organizations in those countries. Programs with such partner agencies mainly take the form of joint research projects, joint seminars and researcher exchanges. Proposals for bilateral programs are openly recruited; and, per agreement with the partner agency, are jointly selected and supported. Project operation (1) Joint Research ProjectsUnder this format, support is provided for joint projects carried out by research teams in Japan and the counterpart country based on a 2-3 year research plan. JSPS’s support mainly takes the form of travel grants. The ultimate purpos…

More jobs in South Africa - but figures still disappointing

Heavy job losses in the manufacturing and trade sectors of the economy marred news yesterday that unemployment dipped unexpectedly during the second quarter of this year.

South Africa's official jobless rate fell to 24,9% from 2,.2% in the first quarter of the year, leaving 4,47-million people without jobs, Statistics SA said. Employment rose by 0,2%, or 25 000 jobs, taking the total number of employed people to almost 13,5-million.

On the face of it, the news is welcome, but a closer examination of data raises some questions.

The size of the labour force fell by 32 000 to 17,91-million people during the second quarter, which would have helped to lower the jobless rate.

The figures also showed that employment in South Africa's embattled mining sector rose by 6,3% compared with the first quarter of this year, adding 21 000 jobs; and increased by 26,6% compared with the same quarter last year, adding 75 000 jobs.

This is odd as mining output contracted sharply over most of la…

Getting a non-teaching job in Japan

Advice from someone who has always worked as a teacher. Take what you will from this video, but do some serious research if you are really interested in working in Japan.

The Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Nominations Open Now!

The deadline has been extended. New Deadline: July 31, 2012

The Prize consists of two categories:
Medical Research
Medical Services

Purpose of the prize -click here-

NOMINATION GUIDELINES (for both categories: Medical Research and Medical Services) -Click here (pdf)-

SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS (for both categories: Medical Research and Medical Services)

Following the Nomination Guidelines, please email or mail your nomination form with attachments to the below address.

The nomination form may be downloaded.
The same form is used for both categories:
Medical Research and Medical Services.

Email and Mailing addresses 
Medical Research nominationsHideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Research Selection Committee
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
8 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8472
Tel: +81-3-3263-1722

Medical Services nominationsHideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical
Services Selection Committee
Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organi…

LinkedIn and Your Job Search

Use LinkedIn to Job Search - User Guide

What do some of the big companies in common? All of them (and many more) have used LinkedIn to recruit candidates for employment.

There are many success stories for job seekers as well. One LinkedIn member received an inquiry less than 24 hours after posting his profile.

It's important to note that LinkedIn has reached a point where it's almost unprofessional not to be on LinkedIn. There are members from all 500 of the Fortune 500 companies. LinkedIn members comprise hundreds different industries, and include thousands of hiring managers recruiters.

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Take a few minutes to search LinkedIn and I'm sure you'll find lots of contacts from your current and prior employers, clients, vendors, and schools. All those contacts have the potential to help you grow your career or find a new job. In addition, it can be a good source of employment references, as well as reference checking.

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