Visas. Legal news and articles for February 24 - 28, 2014

Preparation for departure of seasonal workersWhy International MBAs May Have A Tough Time Finding Jobs In UKH-1B visas help expand tech workforceWorking holiday-makers 'exposed to exploitation'Another reason why only approved sponsors can employ 457 visa holdersAlleged employment agency con artist arrestedMaids maligned in 'job-hop' claims, rights groups sayWelcoming entrepreneurial-minded immigrants will create new opportunities in ...NICTA lab staff claim sackings breached the lawShould the government hold auctions for UK visas?457 visa review welcomed by Restaurant & CateringTonko calls for passage of Immigration BillU.K. Should Introduce $4.2 Million Investment Visas, Panel SaysCoalition to relax 457-visa restrictionsKaren Telleen-Lawton: Aligning Immigration Policies with Countries' Economic ...

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Tonko calls for passage of Immigration Bill
Troy RecordFebruary 21, 2014

Along with this, the bill also provides sufficient visas to erase the current backlog of family and employment-based visa applicants in the next 7 years, increases the number of immigrant visas, and increases visas for highly skilled workers in ...more »

Foreign IT Companies Under Tax Scrutiny After Infosys
New York Law Journal (registration)February 15, 2014

In its complaint, the United States alleged that Infosys knowingly circumvented the U.S. visa and employment laws by disguising hundreds of its foreign employees as business visitors and then causing such employees to perform skilled work in the United ...more »

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Preparation for departure of seasonal workers
Park RecordFebruary 28, 2014

With just over a month left in the 2013-2014 ski season, seasonal workers with J-1 work visas from out of the country and those from throughout the United States are beginning to pack their bags in preparation for the end of their jobs. Employers who ...more »

Why International MBAs May Have A Tough Time Finding Jobs In UK
BusinessBecauseFebruary 28, 2014

Before the Government abolished the Tier 1 post-study work visa in April 2013, non-EEA graduates who had studied in the UK had the opportunity to stay in the country and seek work for a further two years after completing their studies. Now, MBA ...more »

H-1B visas help expand tech workforce
Boulder County Business ReportFebruary 28, 2014

The visa, created in 1952, allows a foreign worker who has theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields like math, engineering, medicine and computer programming to work for a U.S. employer for up to six years (the visa is good for three ...more »

Working holiday-makers 'exposed to exploitation'
SBSFebruary 28, 2014

Australia's Working Holiday visa program has grown to attract about a quarter-of-a-million visitors a year. It's estimated to contribute about three-billion dollars to the Australian economy, through their spending. But the Fair Work Ombudsman and ...more »

Another reason why only approved sponsors can employ 457 visa holders
Lexology (registration)February 27, 2014

According to the FWC ruling (Smallwood v Ergo Asia Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 964) an employer who is not an approved sponsor under the 457 visa program cannot make a legally effective employment contract with a primary 457 visa holder. In the Ergo Asia case ...more »

Alleged employment agency con artist arrested
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 27, 2014

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- A man suspected to be involved in an employment and visa scam was arrested in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, on Wednesday (February 26). Police theorise that this individual is the mastermind who operates under a number ...more »

Maids maligned in 'job-hop' claims, rights groups say
South China Morning PostFebruary 26, 2014

Maids' rights groups have slammed the government's decision to reject 170 applications from domestic helpers for work visas on the basis of suspected job-hopping, calling the accusations lies. Security chief Lai Tung-kwok last week said 1,372 foreign ...more »

Welcoming entrepreneurial-minded immigrants will create new opportunities in ...
MichronicleonlineFebruary 26, 2014

Snyder created the Michigan Office for New Americans and called on the federal government to secure an additional 50,000 employment-based visas over five years for skilled immigrants who would live and start businesses in Detroit. He also urged ...more »

NICTA lab staff claim sackings breached the law
The AgeFebruary 26, 2014

A third of staff who lost their jobs at the national ICT research organisation's Parkville laboratory will go to the industrial umpire, claiming their sackings breached the law. Colin Rose, founder and joint chief executive of industrial relations ...more »

Should the government hold auctions for UK visas?
The GuardianFebruary 26, 2014

This may generate employment and revenue, but these gains are typically exaggerated. For example, it is often pointed out that the UK government gains stamp duty revenue if the investor buys a house. Such an argument completely neglects the fact that ...more »

457 visa review welcomed by Restaurant & Catering
Australian Hospitality MagazineFebruary 26, 2014

Employment in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services is projected to grow by more than 42,700 jobs or 8.1 percent to November 2017, Hart said, with the rate of growth expected to be higher than any other sector in the Australian economy. “We ...more »

Tonko calls for passage of Immigration Bill
cnweeklyFebruary 25, 2014

Along with this, the bill also provides sufficient visas to erase the current backlog of family and employment-based visa applicants in the next 7 years, increases the number of immigrant visas, and increases visas for highly skilled workers in ...more »

U.K. Should Introduce $4.2 Million Investment Visas, Panel Says
BloombergFebruary 25, 2014

The Migration Advisory Committee, which is made up of five independent economists and a representative of the Commission for Employment and Skills, proposed replacing the current so-called “higher investor routes” that require investments of 5 million ...more »

Coalition to relax 457-visa restrictions
MacroBusiness (blog)February 25, 2014

The Government has announced a review of 457 visas for temporary foreign skilled workers, which looks like it will unwind conditions enacted by the former Labor Government, such as the requirement that a job must be advertised locally before a 457 visa...more »

Karen Telleen-Lawton: Aligning Immigration Policies with Countries' Economic ...
NoozhawkFebruary 24, 2014

The current system, which awards only 14 percent of visas to work-related applicants, results in rejections of some top candidates. Cuellar notes that any new laws should take into account the situation as it exists. The current law, which requires ...more »

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