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Australia New Visa Rules Allow Farmers to Employ Foreign Skilled Workers

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Australia New Visa Rules Allow Farmers to Employ Foreign Skilled WorkersThe visa rules in Australia have been modified to allow easy hiring of skilled seasonal workers abroad by farmers.

The changes made to the seasonal workers’ visa and working holiday maker programs have led to an update of the list of skilled occupation in the country.

The new eight-year visas will also be available to sponsored artists and sports people.

On Monday, David Coleman Immigration Minister said in as much as Australian workers are needed to fill the jobs in the country, foreign workers are also welcomed if Australian workers aren’t enough. This will aid the farmers to operate effectively.

In addition to the 8 professions in the arts and sports sector in the list of long term skills are the tennis and footballers coaches.

Visa Requirements Made Easy

Mr. Coleman said, “The changes reflect the passion Australia has for sports and arts.” “Highly skilled professionals are needed to develop the local talents and transfer knowledge.”

Also, due to the government’s struggles with a shortage of skills in regional communities, working visas will be made easily available to the anesthetists and dentists.

Last week, a special visa for farm workers was requested by the agricultural sector, but Richard Colbeck the country’s Assistant Agriculture Minister said it wasn’t necessary as changes are being made already.

Scott Morrison, Australia Prime Minister, had committed to an agricultural visa which is to serve for medium to long term after pushes for such had failed from Nationals who wanted its implementation before harvest time.

Beginning from Monday which sets the motion for the implementation of the new visa requirement, Abroad- trained doctors who wish to work as general practitioners will be directed to the rural, remote and regional communities.

The Department of Home Affairs is in collaboration with the Health bureaucrats to implement the requirements of the visa.

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Here’s why H-1B visas are being increasingly delayed or denied

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US Economy is Affected by Delay and Denial of H-1B Visa According to the current data released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the rate of approval of H-1B visas has plunged from 96% to 85% in the past 3 years; and now the reason is well known.

According to an Associated Press report on the data, Specialized skilled immigrants said that it’s either their visas are denied or delayed for a long time because the government is seeking for proof that the work they are applying is worthy of being issued a visa. The US administration has really come down hard on this visa programme.

The requests for evidence by the government, thereby causing delays in the visa processes, have risen to 60% since 2015 as against 35% 3 years ago – considered then as high.

Sarah Pierce is a policy expert for a Migration Policy Institute based in Washington DC, and according to her, the effectiveness of Trump’s administration effort with regards to limiting the number of applications received from consulting companies abroad is shown in the data released.

Between 2017 and 2018, there has been a reduction in the number of approved H-1B visa petitions for consulting companies abroad. “The Trump administration is really hitting them, which is indeed their target”, she said.

According to the Pew Research Centre, businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth are the most effective users of the program, followed by those in Silicon Valley. Business in D-FW, as well as tech-related firms, see the H-1B visa scheme as an anchor which they rely on to recruit highly skilled workers for their continued operation.

The PEW report also showed that between 2010 and 2016, 74,000 H-1B visas were received by employers in Dallas-Fort Worth.

D-FW is a top job creator even far ahead of some nations, and it partially depends on skilled foreign workers to carry out those jobs. In 2018, employers throughout the country were in search of qualified workers to fill about 6.7 million job openings.

Reasons for Delay or Denial

The primary reason for the delays or denial, as given by the government, is the failure of applicants to specify if the position falls within specialty occupation that worth the visa. When the requirements are not met, a request of evidence is issued by the department; and thus delays the process and leaves the applicant in the world of uncertainty.

The President’s executive order on “Buy American, Hire American” – whose primary aim is to strictly enforce hiring policies which govern foreign workers, thereby protecting the economic interest of the country – is being pointed at by officials as another reason for the request of evidence and many fear this will continue to reduce the number of those who can work in the US with H-1B visas.

Migration Policy Institute Analyst, Pierce, said that as an Immigration attorney, what she has seen while working on H-1B cases before Trump’s administration corresponds with the reasons the Immigration authorities have given.

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UK Universities Ask to Decrease Salary Threshold for High-skilled Visa

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UK Universities Ask to Decrease Salary Threshold for High-skilled VisaUK government has been urged by the director of Universities UK International, Vivienne Stern, to reduce the proposed salary that all European Economic Area (EEA) workers must earn in order to be able to get a high-skilled work visa.

A proposal that was earlier submitted by Migration Advisory Committee on behalf of the UK government includes a salary threshold of £30,000 for all skilled migrants after March 29, when UK is expected to leave the EU – post-Brexit. This is the level preferred by Prime Minister Theresa May because she sees it as imperative to achieving her lower immigration aim.

Though the aim of reducing immigration is a welcome goal for the majority in the UK, nevertheless a salary threshold of £30,000 is considered to be outrageous and would result in staff recruitments problems that will ultimately have adverse effects on key services like National Health Service.

If things go as planned, the proposal is expected to be implemented by the start of 2021 immediately after the post-Brexit transition period.

High Skill Occupations not Always the Best Paid

Since the proposal was made public, Universities UK has not shied away from voicing its views on behalf of its members. The association does not support the new salary threshold stating that high skill occupations are not always the best-paid jobs.

The median salary threshold for language assistant roles as well as production, science and engineering technicians is significantly below the proposed threshold of £30,000, Universities UK revealed. If enforced, assessing skills will be challenging. Stern emphasized that it is essential to ensure that an attempt to check migration does not affect the talents pool of the country. She said the Home Secretary understands that the threshold will be harmful to a number of sectors. Universities in the UK want the threshold reduced to £21,000.

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UK Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to Brexit

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UK Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to BrexitIn yet another turn of event in a whirlwind of situations rocking the UK, the long-awaited immigration paper has been finally unveiled by the government.

The Whitehall has been through a handful of tumultuous situations in recent weeks, including more cabinet splits, alleged sexist comment about Theresa May by Jeremy Corbyn as well as Conservative ministers’ threats to leave the whip, in case no deal Brexit becomes government policy. The white paper is the latest.

The White Paper

Free movement of workers between the UK and the US will be hampered as the immigration white paper is aimed at reducing immigration level by ending free entry of workers between the two countries.

As from 2021, generalist workers can enter the UK without already having a job offer and remain in the country for up to a year seeking work. At the end of these 12 months, they must leave the country as part of what is called ‘cooling off period’ after which they can enter the country again. This transition period will be between 2021 and 2025.

People who use this system are:

– Required to pay for their visa,

– Not allowed to take advantage of public funds (e.g., health care) and

– Barred from using another visa route.

These proposals have been tagged problematic. Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, described the issue as follow: firms would be encouraged to hire different personnel per year by the temporary 12-month visa route for immigrant workers that receive below £30,000. This results in unnecessary cost hike as well as discouraging migrants from being part of local communicates which is a pertinent social concern. He described the situation as good for neither business nor the public.

The limitations on skilled workers will be removed, and due consultations will be made regarding the proposal of £30,000 minimum salary requirement for skilled migrants. No immigration target will be set for each calendar year through Home Secretary Sajid Javid said they immigration will be maintained at levels considered sustainable.

Removal of such caps should ordinarily have signaled positivity as businesses will be able to access their required foreign talents more efficiently, but this move will most likely end in a considerable rise in cost and administrative burden of getting these migrants because of the end of the free movement. With free movement, employees can be sought at much lower costs from the EU.

It is crystal clear that this white paper is a representation of the government’s toxic approach to immigrants and holds no promise of better days post-Brexit.

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