The United States' Diversity Visa Lottery for 2010 is now open and will close on December 1st. Only about 5 weeks are left to submit a DV-2010 application. Interested applicants are advised not to wait; Apply now! It is very possible that on the last day for submissions the Government website will not be able cope with demand.
European businesses have been taking part in an informal debate on the need for skilled workers from outside of the European Union. There doesn't seem any doubt that highly skilled immigration is extremely important.
The Swedish government is proposing changes to their immigration policies that would grant more power to employers in deciding whether they need to recruit foreign labor. The proposal calls for the changes to take effect on December 15th.
The United Kingdom has released details on 2 new visitor visas that will become available for athletes and entertainers coming into Britain to take part in events related to their occupations. Under the new visas, amateur sportspeople and entertainers can come into the UK for temporary periods, which could be up to 6 months for some sportspeople.
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The Danish Immigration Service (DIS) undertook a fact finding mission to New Delhi and Bangalore, India during the first half of May this year. They have now released a report entitled 'Recruitment of IT Specialists from India.'
In a Senate budget hearing on October 21st, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans said that the country may see a decrease in its migration quota next year. He said that no decision had been made as of yet; however, Mr. Evans feels that the current global financial crisis will "force" the government to cut immigration numbers.
The results from a scheduled biannual review for New Zealand's two skills shortage lists have been delayed. The revised Essential Skills in Demand Lists, which includes the Long Term Skill Shortage List and the Immediate Skill Shortage List, were scheduled to come into effect on December 1st this year.
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Immigration Newsletter 22 October 2008
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