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240,000 Indian immigrants on path to US citizenship

Washington: Over 240,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the US could be soon on their path to obtaining citizenship under a "big deal" reached by a bi-partisan group of influential Senators but uncertainty remains for the tens of thousands of highly skilled Indians seeking a Green Card.

Described by the White House as a "big deal", the compromise announced by the group of top eight Senators proposes a path to citizenship for 11.5 million illegal immigrants of which more than three-fourths (77 per cent or 8.9 million) are from North America, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

"We have come together on a set of bipartisan principles for comprehensive immigration reforms that we hope can pass the Senate in an overwhelming and bipartisan fashion," Senator Charles Schumer said after he and a bi-partisan group of seven influential Senators came up with set of principles for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Mexico alone acco…

Why should one prefer Mechanical Engineering course

HoD of Mechanical Engineering in Osmania University explains why one should opt for Mechanical Engineering

See vacancies in Mechanical Engineering at Facebook page for mechanical engineering jobs -

How to get a Job in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a monarchy ruled by a king chosen from and by members of the Al Saud family. The king rules through royal decrees issued in conjunction with the Council of Ministers, and with advice from the Consultative Council. The king appoints members of both councils. Islamic law is the basis of the authority of the monarchy and provides the foundation of the country's conservative customs and social practices. Saudi Arabia has a modern and well-developed infrastructure, and facilities for travelers are widely available.

How to get a Job in Saudi Arabia First and foremost have a professional resume.  Ensure that key accomplishments are clearly stated.  Have a strong objective statement such as why you want to work in Saudi Arabia, what position you seek and why you are the most qualified individual for such a position.

Circulate your resume.  Put it on the usual web sites and/or message boards.  Some useful places to submit a resume for employment in Saudi Arabia include:


Education first - Microsoft Partners in Learning

Reiterating that education is an important sector for Microsoft Corporation, the IT major announced a global investment of $250 million over five years into its Microsoft Partners in Learning (MPIL) programme recently, taking its total investment in the program to $750 million over 15 years.

Created in 2003, MPIL is a forum set up to engage with teachers both online and offline and look at how technology can be directly introduced in the classrooms. Every year, the company organises a meeting of educators from across the globe on a different continent where they are encouraged to exchange ideas and also receive prizes for their work. Last year, the meet was held in Prague, Czech Republic where six teachers from India participated chosen from more than 28000 project applications received.

The company aims to grow the MPIL community to 20 million of the 75 million teachers worldwide by 2018 and expand it beyond the 119 countries that currently participate.

The company also announced th…

How to Create a Great Work-from-Home

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." - Benjamin Franklin

Those of you who know the joys of working from home, whether you’re self-employed or freelancing or telecommuting, know also the joys of procrastination and the lures of laying on the couch.

On the other hand, working from home tends to blur the boundaries between work and personal life — if you work too hard, you will have no personal life left. So how do we stay productive, and at the same time stay sane? Here are some tips:

Define your spaces; separate work from home. Have a room dedicated to working. If you're lucky enough to have an extra room lying around, you can set that up as your home office. Otherwise, look at the spaces around your home to determine where it would be best to set up shop.Set regular hours, and stick to the schedule.Don’t stay unshaved in pajamas. Instead, have breakfast, have a shower, get dressed. Then make a list of sensible tasks for …

How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

Summary Statement should be short paragraph form or bulleted statements, containing only several sentences. Your summary should begin with a headline that summarizes your professional title and/or your professional statement.

There are three things a well-written summary should address:

Your experiences and skills as they relate to your idea jobWhat you can bring to the organization and the open position that no other candidate canYour professional goals
When you want to get even more specific on your resume, consider using a resume profile. It's a section of a resume that includes a brief summary of your skills, experiences and goals as they relate to a specific job opening.  A well-written profile can show the employer, at a glance, why you are qualified for the job for which they are hiring.

Even though your resume summary is written by you, it should be composed in third person, in present tense. Think of it as a summary of what one of your best colleagues would say about your…

Is immigration really the biggest issue facing the UK?

Dominic Ladden-Powell, Online Editor for the UK Visa Bureau analyse a recent study by a leading think-tank which revealed that UK immigration is considered the biggest issue threatening the UK.

The report, titled 'State of the Nation: Where is Bittersweet Britain Heading?' was written by the think-tank British Future and published in the Observer, claims that one in three Britons believe tensions between immigrants and those born in the UK is the most divisive issue in the country.

Immigration was chosen by more people as the nation's biggest issue than the still flailing economy and the housing market's ongoing problems.

Net migration to the UK stood at record high levels until recently with over 250,000 more people entering the UK than leaving each year. Figures have since started to reduce after the Conservative-led coalition Government's changes continued to take their toll but it appears to have done little to dampen the public's concerns.

The study, whic…

The dark side of things

One of the recommendations of policy makers in education is to use more of ICT (information and communication technology) in teaching methodology, and so schools and universities equip their classrooms and departments with computers, LCD projectors and what you may. With that they feel the recommendation has been adequately addressed. The talk by Michio Kaku on “The Universe in a Nutshell” is among those resources that education givers could make use of to inspire and teach their students. It is one of the clearest understandings of physics delivered in an interesting manner. It is a 42-minute talk and is illustrated.

Michio Kaku is a physicist and professor at The New York State University. He begins by telling us how physics has played a role in making almost everything in one’s life. “ some point everything in the living room or a hospital will trace itself to a physicist,” he says. More you can hear from his talk (the YouTube video given above and the link is https://www.yo…

New post-study work arrangements and international students

New post-study work arrangements are being introduced in early 2013 for eligible international students who graduate with an Australian Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral degree.

The new post-study work arrangements will be built as an additional stream in the existing temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa. The subclass 485 currently allows international students who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation that is in demand to remain in Australia for an additional 18 months.

From early 2013, the temporary skilled graduate (subclass 485) visa will be renamed the temporary graduate (subclass 485) visa. You may apply for the temporary graduate visa through either the new post-study work stream (the new arrangements) or the graduate work stream (the existing subclass 485 arrangements) provided you meet the specific eligibility requirements.

The post-study work stream of the subclass 485 will be for international students who lodged their first studen…

Your attitude for a good placement interview

As the placement season in professional colleges heats up, so do does the growing concern of the recruiters about choosing the right fit.

Many of the candidates crack the interview code, but not the career code. These syndromes persist transcending the limits and creates a lose-lose situation for the candidate, corporate and also for education institutions. Slated reasons for this premature employee turnover are many. The ostensible reason being attitude of the new generation, including inflated ego, inability in assessing one’s potential, inadequate self-awareness, lack of proper training, guidance from mentors, unrealistic corporate expectations and a labyrinth of similar issues. Subsequently, interview trainers come up with new formulae for cracking upcoming interviews and the vicious cycle continues. Recruiting managers these days prefer graduates to post graduates for the obvious reason that they can be hired for their attitude and trained for their skills notwithstanding the cli…

Are you planning to apply for Visitor visa?

Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. It is the only country that is also a continent which makes it unique. Besides that, there are a lot of breathtaking sceneries that you can see, delicious cuisines you could taste, sporting activities you could watch and so on.

If you talk about the beach, the Land Down Under is home to some of the best beaches in the world. It offers the best waves that are great for surfing, both for beginners and professionals. There are parks which are also home to some of the most unique and diverse species of animals. There are also educational institutions in Australia that are a great source of academic and vocational training.

Most importantly, Australia has a diverse and multicultural society that gives a fair and equal treatment to its immigrants and citizens. If you wish to experience a different kind of …

Estimated 863,000 illegal migrants living in the UK

Nigeria, Pakistan, China, India and Bangladesh are the countries named by the UK Home Office as the hub of illegal migration, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

It claims that a latest Home Office study reveals a "robust estimate" of 863,000 illegal migrants living in the UK, 70 per cent of whom are believed to be based in London.

Their origins have been deduced based on the nationalities of people detected by the authorities.

Britain's Immigration Minister Mark Harper blamed the problem on "uncontrolled immigration" over the years under the Labour government and stressed the Tory-led coalition was determined to get "tough on illegal immigration".

The latest figures come from the London School of Economics and are included in a study titled 'Practical Measures for Reducing Irregular Migration.'

The analysis also reveals that around 10,000 foreigners who had no legal right to live in Britain have been granted permission to stay under a p…

Many Malaysian foreign workers were cheated

Thirty-six foreign workers have alleged that their Malaysian employer deducted big amount of money for work permit fees. The workers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have also alleged that they failed to obtain the permits and their salaries had also not been paid for two months by their employer, a maritime logistics company. The workers stopped going to work about two weeks ago and have lodged two police reports and gone to the Labour Department with their grouses. Darshan Singh from Punjab said that he wanted to seek employment elsewhere. "My family wants me to go home and get married but I can't leave as my passport is with the company's owner," 30-year-old Singh was quoted by the Star newspaper. An NGO central executive committee member K S Kottapan, who is helping them, claimed that the Immigration Department did not have any record of the workers' applications. The company's assistant operations manager said the agent helping to obtain the work per…

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Healthcare- Occupational Employment

This chart book, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2010, includes graphs, maps, tables, and text describing the U.S. occupational workforce in May 2010. It contains Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) employment and wage data for occupations employed in different industries, States, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Latest available figures include:
-Wages for selected health assistants, May 2010 
-Wages for selected health aides, May 2010 
-Employment and hourly mean wages for the largest occupations in general medical and surgical hospitals, May 2010 
-Employment and hourly mean wages for the largest occupations in the medical and diagnostic laboratories industry, May 2010
-Employment by occupational group in outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, May 2010
-Employment by occupational group in residential mental health and substance abuse facilities, May 2010
-Employment of selected healthcare workers in non-healthcare related industries, May 2010 
-Location qu…

Work Pass Administrative Fee Changes

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has reviewed the administrative fees for all work passes. The administrative fees for most work passes will increase on 1 April 2013.

This is in line with the Government’s financial principle that the full cost of providing a public service should be borne by users of the service, rather than taxpayers in general.

Employers have been paying administrative fees for the application and issuance of work passes since 2005. When the fees were first introduced, they were set at a level that was substantially below cost recovery. The fees were first revised in 2011. This helped increase the proportion of costs borne by employers who use work pass services, but it still fell short of full cost recovery.

The new administrative fees, to be implemented on 1 Apr 2013, will bring the fees closer to the full costs of providing work pass services. These include new service initiatives which lead to better customer convenience and experience (for example, a new card co…

Five ways to beat the blues, post holidays

Soon after the holiday season ends, the back-to-work blues take over.

1. Keep a day for Yourself  Plan your holiday in such a way that you dedicate a day to yourself before you join office.

2. Share your Stories  Connect with your colleagues informally. Share your holiday experiences.

3. Take Stock  Clearing e-mails needs to be one of the priorities when you return to work.

4. Get Back Slowly  Don't immerse yourself in work the day you join.

5. Prioritise  Address the most important issues first. Meeting one or two of your most valuable customers or taking stock of how much work is done on an important project, for instance.

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US Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Stat Non 2012

Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 322 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Four areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 52 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent. Two hundred eighty-eight metropolitan areas reported over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment, 77 reported decreases, and 7 had no change. The national unemployment rate in November was 7.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 8.2 percent a year earlier.

In November, 29 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, down from 68 areas a year earlier, while 192 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, up from 129 areas in November 2011. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., recorded the highest unemployment rates in November 2012, at 27.5 and 26.6 percent, respectively. Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent. A tot…

No journalistic work on tourist visa in India

The Union Home Ministry has advised foreigners visiting India on tourist visas not to get involved in ‘journalistic activities’ during their stay in the country.

A senior Home Ministry official said that a circular has been issued on the basis of inputs from intelligence agencies, which had found some foreigners using their tourist visas for “journalism or other forms of writing”.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has noticed that foreigners coming on tourist visa are involved in coverage of events/ journalistic activities. In this context, it is stated that tourist visa is not the appropriate visa for such activities by foreigners. Tourist visa is issued to foreigners who do not have residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on tourist visa,” a statement from the ministry said.

The circular further stated that the Ministry of External Affairs has…

Several international students stranded in the UK

Several international students have been stranded in the UK without passports and are unable to get home for Christmas after the UK Border Agency asked them to reapply for their visas.

According to a report in The Guardian, London School of Film students from as far afield as the US, India, Russia and Lebanon were asked to hand over their passports to the Border Agency in November so they could be issued with new study permits.

This was following the decision to strip London Metropolitan University of its "higher trusted status" before the start of the academic year.

The Guardian said that London Met, which sponsors the students and issues degrees on behalf of the film school, also has hundreds of international students who are unable to get home due to lengthy delays at the Border Agency, despite being promised a fast-track service.

Education vice-president at London Met, Syed Rumman, said he believed around 600-700 Met Uni students were stuck because UKBA still had their …

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