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UK Immigration and Brexit after the EU Referendum
There has been uncertainty about what will happen to EU citizens after the decision by the UK to leave the EU following the EU referendum of 23 June 2016.
Nobody knows exactly what will happen after Brexit. It seems likely that the three million non-British EU citizens already in the UK will be allowed to stay. Those EU citizens and their dependents who have been in the UK for five years may wish to consider applying for permanent residence in the UK. Seventy-One percent of EU citizens are in this situation. Even if they do not apply for residence prominent members of the leave campaign have indicated that EU citizens will be allowed to stay anyway. However, there may be less certainty about what happens to non-EU citizen dependents after Britain eventually leaves the EU.
Muslim immigration ban will keep US safe says Donald Trump
In the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, which saw 49 people shot dead and 53 wounded at Pulse – a popular gay club - Donald Trump has claimed that only he can 'make America safe again.' In a speech on Monday, June 13, the Republican Presidential Nominee came out on the offensive, focussing on US foreign policy.
During the speech, Trump launched a scathing attack on presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, and intensified calls for his Muslim immigration ban, which he claims will keep the US safe. Trump described the shootings in Orlando as "the worst 'terrorist' strike on US soil since September 11."
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Infosys using US workers to reduce reliance on H-1B and L-1 visas
Indian IT giant, Infosys, is stepping up its recruitment of American workers in a bid to reduce its dependence on H-1B, L-1A and L-1B visas. The Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) based IT firm says it wants to 'create a stronger base closer to customers,' according to a report published by the Business Standard.
It seems that Infosys is doing this because of increasing difficulties in obtaining H-1B and L-1 visas and due to political pressure (politicians such as Donald Trump have accused Indian IT companies of replacing US workers with cheap labor). According to recent data, for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016) Infosys hired 2,144 local workers across North and South America, the highest in these regions so far.
$100 million in grants to reduce use of temporary US work visas
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has pledged $100 million in 'tuition-free job training grants' in a bid to help US businesses reduce their use of temporary US work visas, including the popular H-1B and L-1 non-immigrant visas. The grant scheme forms part of America's Promise Job-Driven Grants Program, which was launched by US Vice President, Joe Biden, along with his wife, Jill, on April 25, 2016.
Thomas Perez, the US Secretary of Labor, said: "These grants are part of the Obama administration's commitment to redesigning a modern skills infrastructure in America that engages employers as never before."
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