Australia updates employer sponsored visas, UN praises uk syrian refugee resettlement, and foreign alumni land 19% more jobs than Americans.
Changes to ENS and RSMS permanent employer sponsored visas will be going into effect in March. The list of occupations will conform to the shorter Medium Long Term Strategic Skills 9 (MLTSSL) List, with extra occupations listed under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) List. Applicants must be under 45 years of age when applying, and minimum salaries have been upgraded to $53,900 PA.
The United Nation’s refugee agency, UNHCR, has published a study praising Britain’s Syrian refugee resettlement program, describing it as well managed and contributing to beneficiaries’ well-being. It recommends improving English teaching, housing and employment provisions. Most refugees interviewed were grateful for the welcome they received and impressed by the government’s efficiency. Meanwhile, UK PM Theresa May told a London gathering that Burma is engaged in ethnic cleansing of Rihingyans, after music producer Bob Geldof returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin in protest over sharing the honor with Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi – herself a former political prisoner.
The Center for Immigration Studies, a partisan think tank, claims that “federally subsidized foreign grads… take 19% more jobs from Americans”, despite the 7% decline in new foreign students this past autumn. The group claims that employers get federal subsidies for hiring foreign graduates as students, not as foreign workers, failing to report that most of these students work as unpaid interns, internships limited to 2 months prior to their return home…