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The impact of the skilled migration program on domestic opportunity in information technology.

High levels of immigration to Australia of information technology

(IT) professionals from both offshore and onshore sources have occurred

in recent years, at the same time as the domestic IT labour market has

been depressed. This article explores the implications of this

immigration for domestic IT workers and students. It also examines the

role of the Australian Computer Society in facilitating this migration

flow.

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The Australian Government has announced it is increasing the

skilled immigration intake by up to 20,000 places in 2005-06 to a target

intake of between 130,000 and 140,000 permanent resid

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Work Visas for Australia



Working Holiday VisaIn order to work in Australia you will need a valid passport from your home country and a visa allowing you to work in Australia.

According to the Australian Government, there are several types of work visas for workers. There is also the possibility to work while visiting Australia (the working holiday makers visa). Also, regional visa programs are available. The programs are designed to help supply the rural or regional Australia with skilled workforce.

The Employer Sponsored Workers visa is aimed at skilled p

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May 2017 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin is out at this link: May 2017 Visa Bulletin

For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current for all countries except India (June 22, 2008) and China (February 8, 2013); EB-3 is at March 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 25, 2005), China (October 1, 2014), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-3 other workers is at March 15, 2017 for all countries except India (March 25, 2005), China (March 8, 2006), and the Philippines (January 1, 2013); EB-4 is current for all countries except Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (July 15, 2015); religious workers' numbers are unavailable; EB-5 non-regional centers are current for all countries except China (June 1, 2014); and EB-5 regional centers' numbers are unavailable. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at July 15, 2015 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents), and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) October 15, 1993.

For the Date for Filing, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (February 1, 2009) and China (October 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2006), China (September 1, 2015), and the Philippines (July 1, 2014); EB-3 other workers is current for all countries except India (April 22, 2006), China (June 1, 2008), and the Philippines (July 1, 2014); EB-4 and religious workers are all current; and EB-5 non-regional centers and regional centers are current for all countries except China (September 1, 2014; both non-regional centers and regional centers). Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at April 8, 2016 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F3 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of February 1, 1995.

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U.S. deportation raids target Central American families: lawyers | Reuters

By Julia Edwards

| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON U.S. immigration officials have kicked off a new round of raids intended to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children who have entered the country illegally, according to a legal group that works with the immigrants.

Immigration enforcement officers as of Friday had arrested about 40 women and children encompassing at least 18 Central American family groups in Texas, North Carolina, South Dakota and possibly other states, said Laura Lichter, an immigration lawyer and a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Reuters reported on May 12 that the raids were planned for May and June and likely would be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration of President Barack Obama this year after similar raids in which 121 people were arrested over two days in January.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea declined to confirm that the new round of raids had begun but defended the administration's deportation operations as a whole.

"We stress that these operations are limited to those who were apprehended at the border after January 1, 2014, have been ordered removed by an immigration court, and have no pending appeal or pending claim for asylum," Elzea said.

The immigrants arrested in the latest raids have been sent to two ICE detention centers in Texas, according to Belle Woods, a spokeswoman for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The deportation operations are intended to deter illegal immigration from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and curb crossings of the U.S.-Mexican border by Central Americans, U.S. officials have said.

Lichter said ICE was not following its own policy in the raids. "It's the same thing we saw in January. These people deserve asylum, but didn't get a proper chance to have their cases heard," Lichter said.

The issue of illegal immigration has figured prominently in the U.S. presidential campaign, with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump promising to deport all roughly 11 million people who are in the United States illegally.

The White House on May 13 defended its deportation policy after complaints from Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and congressional leaders that the sweep targeting Central American illegal immigrants is inhumane.

"I'm against large-scale raids that tear families apart and sow fear in communities," Clinton said at the time.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Will Dunham)

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Charles Foster, Top-Ranked Immigration Attorney & Co-Founder of FosterQuan LLP, Portrayed in Inspiring Film “Mao’s Last Dancer,” in Theaters Nationwid



HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The story made international headlines in 1981. Famed Houston Ballet

star Li Cunxin, a Chinese national, was forcibly detained inside the

Chinese Consulate after informing Chinese authorities that he intended

to remain in the United States. Li's immigration attorney, FosterQuan

LLP founding partner Charles

Foster, refused to abandon his client at the consulate for

concerns that the Chinese would spirit Li out of the country against his

will. What followed was a tense and sometimes surreal 21-hour

ne

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Charles Foster, Top-Ranked Immigration Attorney & Co-Founder of FosterQuan LLP, Portrayed in Inspiring Film “Mao’s Last Dancer,” in Theaters Nationwid

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The story made international headlines in 1981. Famed Houston Ballet

star Li Cunxin, a Chinese national, was forcibly detained inside the

Chinese Consulate after informing Chinese authorities that he intended

to remain in the United States. Li's immigration attorney, FosterQuan

LLP founding partner Charles

Foster, refused to abandon his client at the consulate for

concerns that the Chinese would spirit Li out of the country against his

will. What followed was a tense and sometimes surreal 21-hour

negotiation, during which Foster went to federal court to obtain a

restraining order, meeting two fe

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LMRA to issue work visas.

Byline: Manama

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Bahrain's Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) will start

accepting applications for new work visas for expatriates from tomorrow,

taking over from the Labour Ministry.



Only those private sector employers, who have cleansed the data of

their employees with LMRA, can apply for work visas for their new

workers, LMRA chief executive Ali Radhi told the Gulf Daily News.



"The criteria include their registration with LMRA, cleansing

data of their employees by presenting their documents, and the

employees' enrolment with LMRA.



"Such employe