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Re: [SLUG] Funniest thing I've seen in months.
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Funniest thing I've seen in months.
- From: Michael Still <mikal@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 19:34:03 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
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> I talked to a friend about this and was informed that Australia and
> U.S. govenrment had some special arrangement. U.S. government was
> giving about 50,000? green cards (can't remember the exact figure) to
> Australian citizens, a significant percentage to the total amount of
> green cards they were giving out every year.
So, your friend is probably refering to the H-1B and E-3 visa scenario.
Many years ago in the mists of time, Aussies wanting to work in the US
had to have an H-1B visa (or a L1 or whatever, but let's ignore those
edge cases). They're currently limited to 65,000 new people each year.
Since we agreed to bomb Iraq, and sign onto the FTA, we can now use an
E-3 visa, which has 10,500 places reserved just for Aussies a year.
There were around 900 H-1Bs granted in Aussies in the year before the
introduction of the E-3, so it's a big increase.
This is why you're seeing companies like Microsoft and Google more
actively recruit in this country. There are of course other differences
in the visas as well...
PS: Objlinux -- Google has been very obviously ramping up their
recruitment in this country, which might be of interest to people
looking for a job...
Michael Still (mikal@xxxxxxxxxxx) | "The geek shall inherit
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