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Arizona to appeal judge’s ruling against part of immigration law

Phoenix: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer plans to fight a federal judge's ruling against a part of Arizona's tough immigration law that would have made it a crime to harbor illegal immigrants, court papers showed on Thursday. 

Lawyers for the Republican governor said the state planned to lodge an appeal with the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to remove a block placed on the measure by a lower court judge on Sept. 5. A formal appeal has not yet been filed. 

The measure, which makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an illegal immigration within Arizona's borders, was barred by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton as part of a ruling allowing another key part of the law to go into effect. 

Under the controversial "show-your-papers" provision of the law, which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, police statewide are now required to check the status of people they stop and suspect are in the country illegally. 

Arizona's immigration law is pa…

Construction jobs increased by 28.7 percent in Gregg, Texas

September 27, 2012: From March 2011 to March 2012, employment increased in 293 of the 328 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Gregg, Texas, posted the largest increase, with a gain of 6.0 percent over the year, compared with national job growth of 1.8 percent. Within Gregg, the largest employment increase occurred in construction, which gained 1,948 jobs over the year (28.7 percent). Benton, Wash., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 3.9 percent.

The U.S. average weekly wage increased over the year by 5.4 percent to $984 in the first quarter of 2012. Williamson, Texas, had the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 27.4 percent. Within Williamson, a total wage gain of $298.1 million (49.5 percent) in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry had the largest impact on the county’s increase in average weekly wages. New York, N.Y., e…

SkillSelect second round revealed

SkillSelect, the Australian immigration authorities' new system for processing Australia visa applications has released details of its second round of invitations.

The new system opened for access on 1 July, 2012 but, despite having as many as 190,000 potential Australia visa grants to issue in the 2012/13 program year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is using controlled samples to gauge how well the system can respond.

The first round of invitations was issued in August and as the system responded as intended, the second was released in September: 450 initiations for Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) visas were issued and 50 for Skilled - Regional Provisional - Family (Subclass 489). 

On the separate assessments to determine applications, which include skills and language assessments, an applicant need only score 60 to receive an invitation for the Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or a Skilled Regional Provisional (Subclass 489) visa but the appli…

Live and Travel Anywhere in Australia with a Working Holiday Visa

If you travel to Australia for whatever reason– a holiday, visiting friends & relatives or to travel and work in Australia for 12 months, you will need to apply for an Australia working holiday visa. This subclass of Australia visa will enable you to take any job you can find in Australia while holidaying for up to 12 months on the condition that you don’t work for any single employer for more than 6 months.

Since the implementation of this reciprocal visa program, thousands of young people have applied for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa has also been the most common means for backpackers and uni-gappers to experience Australia’s laid back lifestyle, have the opportunity to exercise their independence, as well as have the time to do everything you ever wanted.
So with your working holiday visa, you will get a full year to kick back for your ultimate adventure down under, as well as make the most of it and travel further by topping up your funds with part-time work along the way.

SkillSelect for employers Facebook live chat

If you’re an employer and have a question about how SkillSelect can help you find overseas skilled migrants, or you would like to find out more about SkillSelect, join us on Friday 28 September between 10.30–11.30pm AEST to chat with First Assistant Secretary of the Migration and Visa Policy Division, Kruno Kukoc.
While Kruno can’t respond to questions unrelated to the live chat, including individual case enquiries, he will be able to answer general questions about how SkillSelect enables employers to quickly and easily identify potential skilled workers with the skills and attributes needed for their business.
To join in, you need to ‘like’ the department’s Facebook page.
Twitter users can also join our live chat by tweeting @SandihLogan.

UK government to relax immigration rules for getting highly skilled staff

London: A leading think-tank, considered close to the ruling Conservative party, wants the David Cameron government to relax immigration rules to make it easier for digital companies to recruit highly skilled staff from anywhere in the word.

In a report titled 'Bits and Billions', the London-based Policy Exchange said the UK has enormous potential to be a world-leader in the high-tech and digital economy, but that it is tough for start-ups to find enough coders, designers and other highly skilled staff.

The study wants UK policymakers to learn lessons from the United States, especially California which is home to nearly half of the top 100 digital start-ups in the world, and relax immigration rules.

One of its major recommendations is to reinstate the two-year post-study visa that enabled students from India and other non-EU countries to work for two years after completing their courses.

The visa, which was popular among Indian students, was scrapped in April.

The report want…

New CSO figures show 1.8% drop in employment numbers in Ireland

Ireland: New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of people in employment fell by 33,400 in the second quarter of this year.

Most of this was due to a drop in public sector jobs, while the fall in numbers in the private sector slowed to just 0.3% in the year to June.

The Quarterly National Household Survey for the three months from April to June show that a total of 308,500 people were unemployed in the second quarter, up 1.3% on the same time last year.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was steady at 14.8% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the first.

The CSO figures show that the long-term unemployment rate rose from 7.7% to 8.8% over the year.
The long term unemployed now account for 59.9% of the total amount of unemployed, this compares to 43% in the second quarter of 2012.

The figures also reveal that the total number of people in employment in the three months from April to June fell by 1.8% (or 33,400) to stand at 1,787,900.

The CSO notes t…

Online Reputation and Privacy: What You Need to Know

When it's time to look for a job, there are a lot of different factors that potential employers will evaluate. If you apply for a new job, you can be sure that the employer will get online and start checking you out. In this situation, you have to make sure that your online reputation looks great if you want to land the job of your dreams.
Having a Clean Slate When you want to put your best foot forward, it's important to make sure that you have a clean slate. If you have all kinds of information out there about you, there's a chance that there may be stuff you don't want people to see. It is also a good idea to have a clean slate in general, even if you aren't necessarily in the market for a job. You never know when you'll need to apply for a position at some point in the future, and it's best to get things in order now.
Potential Consequences Those who do not manage their reputations online face the possibility of a lot of negative information getting ou…

Skilled migration seminars in Port Augusta

Australia: An immigration outreach officer will visit Port Augusta on September 5 to discuss recent significant reforms to the skilled migration program. The changes that were introduced on 1 July 2012 include a new online service connecting Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlining of the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visas. The employer nomination scheme (ENS) and the regional sponsored migration scheme (RSMS) have been integrated with the new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect. The online SkillSelect system is a new expression of interest (EOI) approach to skilled migration, allowing skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an EOI. “These new arrangements are designed to better respond to labour market demands and form part of ongoing reform of the skilled migration program,” a Department of Immigratio…

SkillSelect: First round offers go to skilled professionals

Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service.  Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring candidates from the initial expressions of interest (EOI). “This is an excellent result for the economy, employers, and ultimately for Australia,” a spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today.  “SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers.” More than 10 000 skilled people have completed EOIs since it went live on July 1. Earlier this month, the first automated invitation round for skilled independent (90 visas) and skilled region…

Changes to Australian visa service delivery in China

New Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in Beijing and Shanghai will improve service delivery for Chinese visitors, skilled migrants and business representatives travelling to Australia.

As part of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) commitment to client service excellence, the department is expanding its network of AVACs to the People’s Republic of China.

“AVACs will be located in Beijing and Shanghai to provide more convenient access to immigration and citizenship services for clients in these regions,” a departmental spokesman said today.

“The introduction of the AVACs is part of a number of service delivery improvements across the region.”

In addition to the AVACs becoming operational in early September 2012, considerations are under way for possible AVACs to be opened in Guangzhou and Chengdu in 2013.

The AVACs will provide a range of services including extended operating hours with phone lines operating until 5pm weekdays and internet kiosks with an on…

Australia's unemployment falls despite job losses

Australia's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 per cent, despite the loss of 8,800 jobs in August.

The Bureau of Statistics figures show unemployment eased from 5.2 per cent in July to 5.1 per cent last month, with full-time employment up by 600, but the number of part-time jobs falling 9,300.

Economist forecasts had centred on 5,000 jobs being created and unemployment rising to 5.3 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics figures show the surprise fall in unemployment was driven by a drop in the proportion of people in work or looking for work, from 65.2 to 65 per cent.

A fall in the participation rate is often a sign that discouraged jobseekers have given up the search for work because they cannot find a job, even though they might still like to work.

"You could interpret this as saying that, because employment is so weak, people gave up looking, that they withdrew from the labour force," JP Morgan chief economist Stephen Walters told Reuters.

"On balance it's a pre…

August Employment Figures Show U.S. Improving

While there is more work that remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

To create more jobs in particularly hard-hit sectors, President Obama continues to support the elements of the American Jobs Act that have not yet passed, including further investment in infrastructure to rebuild our Nation’s ports, roads and highways, and assistance to State and local governments to prevent layoffs and to enable them to rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers and first responders.

Canada adds 34,000 jobs in August, outpacing July loss

OTTAWA: The Canadian economy added 34,300 jobs in August, recouping all 30,400 positions lost in July, as it returned to the recent trend of slow net increases in employment, Statistics Canada data on Friday showed.

The gains topped the expectations of analysts surveyed by Reuters. They predicted, on average, a gain of 10,000 jobs, and the highest prediction was for 25,000.

All the job gains were part time, mirroring part-time losses in July. The unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent, as forecast, because more Canadians looked for work in August.

"It's likely to support the already hawkish stance of the Bank of Canada. We've had a slew of some disappointing domestic data recently, so this is a positive development for the Canadian dollar," Scotiabank chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton said.

That said, markets priced in a slimmer chance that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates after the Canadian figures, which were released at the same time as weake…

Grand science slam to open German house for research and innovation in New Delhi

Winners will be awarded a fully paid learning opportunity to work in an eminent researcher’s group in Germany
The German Government has embarked to set up a German House for Research and Innovation in New Delhi (DWIH New Delhi). The DWIH will serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for interested students, researchers and potential partner institutions, and disseminate information about higher education in Germany, research landscape and funding sources. New Delhi is one of the five focal points for enhanced German academic and research cooperation, along with Sao Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan).
Marking the inauguration of the DWIH in India, the German Embassy New Delhi and the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be organizing a Grand Science Slam on Saturday, 27th October 2012 at one of the highlights of the “German Year in India 2011/2012”, the Indo-German Urban Mela in New Delhi: A great platform for researchers, the Grand Science Slam will inclu…

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