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  • Skilled labour shortage in Laos

    Laos is facing a shortage of skilled workers and needs to bring in foreign labour to supply the market. The government estimated 500,000 labourers will be needed by 2015 as the country looks to strong economic growth. But the country could supply only about 55,000 workers a year, according to the Labour and Social Welfare… Read More »

    Mar 30, 2013
  • US H1-B visa lottery may leave firms, employees guessing

    Cristina Martinez Mortola has a lot riding on her application for a temporary skilled-worker visa. So does her boss, SendHub co-founder Garrett Johnson. Martinez Mortola is competing for one of 85,000 H-1 B visas that make up the US government limit for this year, and demand is so high that 65,000 of those may be… Read More »

    Mar 30, 2013
  • Strict conditions hamper certification system for foreign skilled workers

    A policy initiative designed to encourage highly skilled foreign professionals to come and stay in Japan is not working out as the Justice Ministry had envisioned. In fact, the point-based system has proved so unpopular that it is being reviewed only a year after it was introduced. The program covers the following fields: research, engineering… Read More »

    Mar 25, 2013
  • Kuwait mulls tough new rules for work visas

    Kuwaiti work visas may soon have to be vetted by five separate government departments as part of a plan to reduce the number of foreign workers and fake visas, local media reported. A government minister last week announced Kuwait would reduce the number of expats in the country by at least 1m by culling 100,000… Read More »

    Mar 25, 2013
  • US H1B visas brings cheers to tech industry

    In a major victory for the tech industry, US visas for high-skilled foreign workers, including those from India, could double under a bipartisan Senate immigration plan, according to the Washington Post. The proposal would also give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from US universities in science, technology, engineering or math,… Read More »

    Mar 25, 2013
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