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How Canada Immigration Consultants In Delhi Can Help You!

Canada is a much thronged after nation and one of the best places to immigrate to. There are several reasons behind the peoples fascination for this lovely country. It enjoys a rather high standard of living. It welcomes businesses and investment with open hands. People of the country live longer. Citizens of the country enjoy a good education system and universal healthcare. Canada is also quite safe to live in, and one of the most striking nations in the world.

Its new Immigration and Refugee Act {IRPA} governs the entire process via which those hoping to immigrate move into the nation. Race, nation, color and sex are not the grounds on which the eligibility or otherwise of an applicant is assessed. Prospective immigrants are assessed on their ability to adapt to life in the nation. To work in the country, one must have a job offer from an employer, who initially may have made efforts to give the same job to a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident but may have not been able to do so due to one reason or the other.

If one is interested in citizenship, then he would do well to fulfill all the necessary residence requirements. He should be staying in the country for three out of four years as a permanent resident. Besides, he must not be over 18 years and be a permanent resident of the country. Those applying for immigration also need to remember that most employers are looking for Canadian work experience. They also need to have a good working knowledge of computer and be Internet savvy, and have no hesitations whatsoever to start from a junior position.

Those living in Delhi and interested in Canada Immigration should contact Canada Immigration Consultants in Delhi. As such consultants have several years of relevant experience behind them, and as they know the long drawn out process of immigration to the country inside out, their services can be made use of for a hassle-free and smooth immigration process.

It needs to be mentioned that Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the other day, came out with a chain of advertisements warning that they refuse applications drafted by illegal immigration representatives. Many applications containing fake job offers or bogus documents have not been entertained. Though the CIC’s overall rate of acceptance has not been very impressive, the success rates for immigration applications drafted by expert firms and Canada Immigration Consultants in Delhi are as high as 95%.

Lakeway Attorney – Evaluating Attorneys – Top 5 Myths

Myth #1 – I Need the Most Expensive Attorney Money Can Buy.

Everyone wants a Rolls Royce, but most of us can only afford a Hyundai. When you interview an attorney, ask what their rates are and their estimate of their total fees. If you feel that their fees are higher than you can afford, ask them for a referral to someone who is less expensive. Attorneys frequently refer clients to other practitioners for this and other reasons and a good lawyer does not take it amiss if you want to go elsewhere.

Myth #2 – Lawyers Can Do Anything.

Many attorneys have a particular legal expertise, such as estate planning or immigration. Boutique law practices which practice a particular kind of law often have a lower overhead than a general services law firm because they sharply focus on one area of law. On the plus side, they don’t have to start from square one to figure out how to deal with your particular legal issue.

Myth #3 – Younger is Better.

Someone fresh out of law school has an excellent grasp of current law, but a newly-minted attorney may not have experience dealing with your particular legal problem. Unless they are working in a firm with other attorneys that they can call on for advice, you might want to give a novice practitioner a pass.

Myth #4 – Older is Better.

If someone has been practicing law for decades, you will benefit from their broad experience. On the other hand, if they have not kept up their knowledge up to date you might want to find someone more turbo. If the attorney does not have a computer in his or her office and their secretary is flipping through a rolodex at their desk for phone numbers, you might want to keep looking.

Myth #5 – Only an Attorney Is Qualified to Deal with My Legal Problem.

Many law practices have paralegals or legal specialists who do the grunt work of a case, whether it’s gathering information or preparing initial drafts of highly technical filings. Well trained legal technicians help keep costs down for you. When you are interviewing an attorney, ask what percentage, if any, of the case work will be done by paralegals or legal assistants. Unless the attorney can give you assurance that he or she has an excellent legal support team, you should keep looking.

Guatemala Pensionado Permanent Residency Program

Introduction Guatemala is offering a Pensionado program. This is a permanent residency allowing one to live in Guatemala for the rest of their life. The Pensionado receives a Cedulla which is a national identity card that would allow the person to open a bank account in Guatemala without showing the passport from their home country. The Cedulla is a high tech digital ID card. The identity card can reflect a lawful name modification for additional banking privacy. With the Cedulla one can travel without a passport to five other central american countries, off the grid so to speak.

Time Frame The process takes approximately 2-4 weeks, so three weeks is a fair approximation of the time frame. One does have to be in Guatemala during the process. Five Star hotels run about $100 to $145 a night depending on the season. It is possible to stay in Antigua, Guatemala which is a lovely resort community (google Antigua Guatemala). A large steak dinner in a five star restaurant is about $20. You will find things cheap here.

Fee The complete fees are $8,000 for one person, $9500 for a couple. Each child is an extra $1000. Children must be under 18 years old. All fees are paid at the start of the application. Fees can be paid by cash or wire transfer. We do not take checks because they take longer to clear (30 days) than the program requires to complete.

Pensionado Economic Requirements The program is for retired or disabled people. There is no age restriction. One does have to show financial responsibility. An income of $1000 a month is needed. This is $1250 for a married couple. This is so stated in a declaration to the government. The income is proven with bank statements, stock broker statements etc. Income can be private sourced from investments, rental properties etc. It is a good idea to also present gold and platinum Visa cards as additional support for financial independence. You will not have permission to work as an employee for others. You can be self employed in your own business.

Guatemala Taxes Guatemala does NOT tax offshore derived income. Money coming in from outside of Guatemala is NOT taxed. Your pension, investments etc from outside of Guatemala are not taxed. If you had a shoe store in Guatemala you would pay taxes. There is a VAT of 15% on some goods. A plasma TV costs a few hundred dollars more than in USA. USA cars are about same price without the discounts which are better in USA. European and Asian cars are higher priced. Solid wood furniture is far cheaper than in USA and better quality.

Official Documents Needed One needs their passport, birth certificate and marriage license if married. If possible marriage license and birth certificate should be the more modern variety with seals etc.

Language Requirement None. You do not have to speak Spanish. It is a great idea to start taking spanish lessons ASAP when here or before. There are a number of computer programs that are excellent. Rosetta Stone is popular. We do advocate learning the language. Our law firm and staff all speak English well. The better hotels and restaurants will have English speakers. Most of the Doctors speak English. Many establishments do not speak English as well.

Rights in Guatemala You have the rights of a citizen except you cannot vote and cannot get a passport. As a Pensionado you are not supposed to seek work as an employee for others. This is not the purpose of the program. You can own property, start businesses, own corporations, have bank accounts, get mortgages etc.

Time to Become a Citizen The normal time is five years. After you are a resident for three years to can apply to have the residency time shortened to three years from the normal five years. Only citizens can have passports, not residents.

Cross Border Travel as a Resident There is a Free Border Treaty in Central America. With a Guatemala Residency ID card you can travel by land or boat into the following countries without any passport needed: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Costa Rica has signed the treaty but is known for not honoring it so don’t count on them. If you go by commercial airline you will need a passport. Your home country will not know where you are since the passport is not being swiped. You will not be able to open bank accounts in the other countries by just showing your national identity card (Cedulla), just Guatemala.

Name Change What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional. Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks.

Guatemala Banking As a Pensionado resident in Guatemala you can have a bank account in Guatemala without showing a passport or any ID from your home country. NO passport needed. What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional.

Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks. Guatemala has NO tax treaties for information sharing with any country. There will be no sharing of any banking information for tax reasons (any sort of tax or tax related case). Guatemala has no Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the USA, Canada, UK or EU Countries. This means sharing of information for criminal cases will be difficult.

Other Countries Pensionado Residency Programs – With the Panama Pensionado program there is a zero chance of ever opening a bank account without showing your home country passport. We know people who have tried this with a number of Panama Banks. The Panama banks are not allowed to take the pensionado ID or even a permanent residency ID to open a bank account. The cell phone companies in Panama will not open an account without one showing a home country passport no matter what sort of Panama permanent residency they have. All the panama residency programs, permanent, pensionado or otherwise, are nothing more than long term tourist visa, period. Panama residency ID’s of any sort do not allow for any cross border travel without a passport.There are very few Pensionado programs in the world today. There are residency programs. They usually take about six months to process a residency and one needs to remain in the country during this period of time.

Does One Live Free in Guatemala ? Oh think of it like the USA in the 1950’s. The police cannot come into your home without a search warrant. None of this “I heard a cry for help” garbage. Warrants from the patrol car radio are not happening. The police will need evidence of a violation of law to get a warrant. We did not say probable cause as in a reasonable person would deduct blah blah blah, that is USA not Guatemala. Not a common thing to see a search warrant issued here. If the police stop your car you can refuse to let them search it. You can also call your lawyer and wait until the lawyer comes and then the search proceeds, your choice. The police will generally be polite and a request to search a car would be like when there is an emergency and a roadblock scenario to catch fleeing felons who were shooting at police or something drastic. Not a common thing.

We have a kind of police called Transito. Traffic cops is what they are. They have no guns. They have cool yellow green uniforms with white helmets like Bermuda Police. They can only do traffic or auto equipment violations. Normally they will have a side of the road setup and look at cars to make sure they have a current sticker. They will check trucks to see if their loads are secure or not. When pulled they ask for driver license to make sure it is current. None of this – “where are you going, can I look in your trunk, do you have any weapons, have anything I should know about”. None of this happens with a traffic stop. If you do get a ticket just send your lawyer down to appear for you and pay fine. No point system. Very rare to ever see radar and never saw laser yet in Guatemala. People don’t even bother with radar detectors. Never saw any speed or red light cameras. They do offer parking tickets for parking violations and they can be generous in this area in some locations. Tickets are cheap, relax. Some towns like Antigua boot cars. Never park illegally in Antigua they love parking enforcement. Antigua has a special tourist police force that are on almost every corner when it is busy. They often speak English and you will find them very polite and eager to help. If you say you want leather belts they will even tell you where such a store that sells that is located.

The regular Guatemala police are called the black police (policia negro) because their cars and uniforms are black. They have guns. They do not work traffic and cannot pull you for traffic reasons. They are crime fighters only. They generally ignore you. The police will probably never show if you call them to come to your house or if they did it would take a lot of time. I never knew anyone to have their house robbed. We live in gated communities with armed guards. We have alarm systems. When the alarm goes off two ex military guys from the alarm company on a motorcycle come with guns. Often in about five minutes. One hides behind cover and the other walks around to see what is up. They have body armor and are serious fellows. So you have the armed guards in the community, some sort of fence, the alarm and now the alarm guards show up. Never knew anyone to have his home robbed.

The lawyers and court system does not work in a harassing way like in USA. This is not a society that likes lawsuits. Lawyers do a lot of contracts, real estate law, family law, criminal law but not a lot of civil litigation. If you go about your business and do not bother other people, no one will be bothering you. People here do not go out and start trouble with their lawyers like up north. People will tend to settle their differences more sanely here than the USA. That being said never ever sign any real estate agreement or any contract without a lawyer to review it. I think this rule applies anywhere. The freedom here is very noticeable.

Firearms A resident can apply for permission to own and carry concealed firearms. Assault weapons are not allowed to be purchased now which means no centerfire rifles under a current law which is going to expire in a few months and will most likely not be renewed, as a political guess. There are some already registered assault rifles that could transfer but would have to be kept in the home only, no carrying. They will be hard to find and most likely in .223 caliber.

You can have handguns in any common caliber and 12 ga. Shotguns in semi-auto, pump, double barreled etc. Glocks, CZ, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Walther, Jerico, and Bull are the popular quality handgun brands. Mossberg and Remington are popular shotgun brands. Franchi makes a 14″ pump in 12 ga that is sold as a regular shotgun and can be included on a carry permit, legal and nice for the car. One can get plastic shoulder stocks for some glock pistols and Jerico pistols. The stocks are not a restricted or controlled item. This is called a short barreled rifle in some countries. The most popular handgun calibers are 9mm and .40 but there are a lot of 45acp., .380, and .22 pistols available. Anyone who thinks they cannot defend themselves adequately with a Berretta or Glock handgun and a 12 ga pump shotgun in an urban environment does not know what they are talking about, end of story.

A person is only allowed to purchase 700 rounds of ammunition per month for each gun owned, range ammo excluded. Most manage without shedding any tears. Importing guns is a possibility but they are never going to consider more than two guns being imported. A forty two gun collection is either an arsenal or a store to the customs officials, forget it. Same with your 35,000 rounds of ammo. We have quality shotgun ammo and premium Magtech, handgun ammo in the gun stores. The gun and ammo variety in the USA is not here but we have anything you need for functional self-defense. No handloading. That is considered an ammunition manufacturing facility in most Latin America countries.

One can own an unlimited amount of firearms in their home. Each firearm has a title certificate for it similar to a car title. A person can only have 12 weapons included on their carry license. Rotating guns on the license is possible but a big pain in the neck, ill advised. There are at least 18 gun stores in Guatemala City and the suburbs. There are a lot of guns in Guatemala. We have 100,000 security guards most with a Mossberg 12 ga maverick pistol grip or a .38 caliber revolver. We keep our homes, communities, stores, malls, restaurants safe that way. It does not let the criminals take root.

This paragraph is so extensive because a lot of people are escaping police states and gun ownership is a cherished right and we applaud and support this right. On the other hand no law says you have to own a gun and many people do not own guns. Guatemala is a free country and we do not impose our will on people.

Knives and Edged Weapons Many people carry machetes on their belts, usually in the countryside. Can be startling at first since it looks like a sword. They use them to work on the land. A single edged folding knife with a blade of 3.9″ or less can be carried in a pocket or on the belt in an urban area but is not restricted in the country. There are no size restrictions in the code for non-folding knives. There is a prohibition against automatic knifes, stilettos (not sure of legal definition) and daggers (again not sure of legal definition). If you ask where assisted folders etc stand the answer is we do not know. Could be construed as an automatic or not? Same for flippers. Laws not defined clearly. Generally speaking knives are not considered a prohibited item and enforcement is not tight, but follow the law. This section was included because many of our clients are escaping from oppressive police states and their rights are very important to them and thus to us as well.

Drivers License Of course you can have a driver license as a resident. It is a bit bureaucratic and some red tape. You can drive on your home country license for some time while you adjust into your new home.

Health Care You will find the health care better than North America and Europe. The Doctors almost always have English. The staff is three times nicer than what you’d expect. The hospitals are cleaner and far cheaper. A hospital suite is about $165 a day in an expensive neighborhood. Pharmacies generally do not require a prescription and drug prices are about one third of the USA price.

Pharmacies deliver, many round the clock. Doctors make house calls for $25 to $30. Dentists are about 25% of the USA price and are very good. Veterinarians also make house calls for same price and are excellent. If the pet needs to go into for x-rays etc they transport for you. Without the oppressive prescription laws you can treat a lot of pet infections yourself by just buying the drugs or the pet store will help you out. We have a lot of homeopathy practitioners. There are chiropractors and naturopaths. There are some health food stores and organic food is becoming more and more available. Plastic surgery is popular and affordable. In a word health care way more affordable and better.

Real Estate We live far better than North Americans or Europeans imagine. Most of our single family detached homes are at least 500 sq. meters. A sq. meter is 10.75 sq. feet. Most housing that is top drawer will run $900 to $1100 a sq. meter. In the countryside real estate prices are lower. The more rural the lower it gets. It is common to see homes of 800 to 1000 sq. meters. Hacienda homes will run up to 1800 sq. meters. For a perspective one can get a 3000 sq. foot (not meter) executive townhouse in a gated community with armed guards new for $200,000 with fenced yard, garage etc. Check out a community called Antigua, Guatemala in google. You can get a great townhouse there for $150,000 a beautiful patio home $250,000 to $350,000.

Beaches We have beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean. Simple but acceptable beach homes can be had for $100,000 to $150,000. The Pacific beaches are about ninety minutes from Guatemala City. Beaches are warm and humid.

Weather Guatemala is at about 5000 foot altitude. It is 55 to 75 degrees year round. Homes have no air conditioners or heaters. Think of savings on utility bills. We do use fans, usually ceiling fans. It never snows except on the very top of the volcanoes. Warning: Do not bring ice skates, they will rust.

Schools There are a number of k-12 private schools. They are generally bi-lingual english and Spanish. The schools have campuses with playgrounds etc. They are far nicer than USA schools and the teacher student ratio is much lower. Costs vary from school to school but will be a fraction of USA price.

Domestic Help A live in maid runs $175 a month plus you feed them and supply uniforms. A gardner handyman can run $400 a month if you need one every day. A driver would run $500 a month live in. A nanny for the kids would run about $225 a month live in. Elderly folks can hire two maids and a driver and avoid going to a rest home. There are always two servants on premises and they can go on car trips, to the doctor, shopping, beauty parlor etc. They do not have to clean, cook or drive. Beats the heck out of the alternative.

Food The food is close to organic or free range meat. Prices are a fraction of USA prices and quality is wonderful. Numerous fruits priced so low almost for free. All kinds of vegetables, breads, juices etc. The food is Central American style not Mexican so it is not very spicy. We have restaurants offering anything you could want including: French, Greek, Italian, Steaks, Chops and Ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese. Middle Eastern, German and much more.

Internet We have 1 meg DSL and cable connections available.

Cell Phones We have great cell phones, 3G etc.

How to start Call, email or Skype us. We will create an immigration case file for you. We will have you send us scans of the documents required for review by one of our lawyers. If the documents are not in order we will have you correct them before coming since it is much cheaper and easier this way. Next after the documents are in order you will need to schedule a trip to Guatemala. The hotels will send a shuttle bus to pick you up at the airport. We will have one of our English speaking drivers collect you from the hotel and take you to our executive offices to begin. A bi-lingual associate from the law firm will accompany you to all the needed visits to government offices for fingerprinting, signatures, photos etc. You never go to government offices yourself. We do require a $1000 deposit in order to open a file and begin the work. This fee is 100% applied to the Pensionado fee. It is not an additional fee. This is paid by wire transfer.

1. First you fill out an online order form. Click Here
2. Next you send us scan of passports of all parties applying (husband, wife kids, etc). These are sent in an email as a file attachment to .
3. Then we will forward wire instructions to you. We do need to have the $1000 fee paid before we can schedule an appointment. You can pay the remaining fee when here in cash or by wire transfer. You could also elect to pay the whole fee before coming as many immigration clients do for convenience.
4. Then you come to Guatemala.When you come for your appointment you remain here and process for the Pensionado. Figure about three weeks. You will not be busy every day so there will be time for sightseeing. We have beaches, Mayan Ruins, Volcanoes to hike up and there is always Antigua. One could always drive over to a nice white sand beach, all inclusive hotel in El Salvador like the Decameron with a three and a half hour drive time. In about four hours you can be in Mexico where there is a lot of cheap shopping. In any event many of our clients just enjoy a nice rest hanging around the swimming pool at one of our many five star resorts. Warning Our food, beverages and wines are so good here do not even think about dieting.

Australia Immigration Services For Building And Engineering Technicians Nec

The occupation of a Building and Engineering Technicians nec requires you to show you expertise with Building and Engineering projects. In capacity of a technician you must be able to apply the latest of building technology and Engineering ability.

The occupation gets a mention on CSOL Consolidated Skilled Occupation List under code name 312999 and Registration / Licensing comes as requirement for the job. Australia Immigration Services for Building and Engineering Technicians nec necessitates compliance on a select criterion. The criterion includes skills, eligibility and a detailed skills assessment.

1.Skills required for Building & Engineering Technicians nec:

On the skills part, the immigrant needs to at least have a Bachelors Degree on education. However, for applicants who fall short on a formal education, the experience can be mentioned to match the skills. A rich and relevant experience should make up for a formal education. ANZSCO Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations has classified the occupation under Skill Level II.

The skills for a Building and Engineering technician should commensurate with an Associate Degree on the area of work. An Advanced Diploma or a Diploma should make you more worthy of the job. Your skills get better with an on-the-job training.

2.Eligibility

The immigrant needs to apply for any 3 of the skilled migration programs to become eligible for the job. The visa programs listed are Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187), Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and Standard Business Sponsorship (subclass 457). A professional piece of advice from Australia Immigration Services for Building and Engineering Technicians nec would come on utilizing Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme as the preferred option. The State Nomination would get you a faster processing on Skillselect, addition of 5 bonus points and preferred allocation of job. The Employer Nominated Scheme can be utilized if you fail to score more than 60 on Skillselect.

The eligibility is also shown with the Points based Migration scheme. Skillselect would evaluate you on your abilities on age, professional expertise, education, adaptability, skills, language skills and a prior stay in Australia. A meritorious ranking would mean that you get a reserved seat for the occupation.

3.Skills Assessment

While making an application for the said occupation, you must also focus on two things:

Skills Assessment by VETASSESS
Registration and Licensing

Having your skills assessed by a competent authority would secure you a recommendation to DIAC Department of Immigration and Citizenship. A positive assessment of your documents and qualification by VETASSESS Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services should add more points to your total points scored on Skillselect. ASRI Australian Skills Recognition Information also requires you to meet certain Licensing or Registration requirements to comply with the job obligations. A registration can be procured from the local or state agencies and the licence on draining / plumbing / air conditioning / refrigeration / electricity needs to be procured for work over value AUD 1100.

Canada Immigration Consultant In Hyderabad

Immigration can be described as an act allows a foreigner to access the territory of overseas nations frequently and settle there permanently. The purpose of immigration can be different entirely depends on the intended applicants personal goal. However, they all have a common desire to get permanent residence in a foreign country. Meanwhile, the complication in immigration process certainly cant be ignored while explaining it one must be well aware of entire process to overcome this.

Planning for Canada immigration is often described as a great effort but, it is also need to be kept in mind that the country grants immigration visa only a limited number of people who successfully qualify the arduous eligibility criteria and capable of providing all the required documents. Those who are residing in Hyderabad, known for lavishing life and mouth watering meals, can reduce their stress at some extents by getting in touch with various immigration experts, while sucking into a stringent immigration work out. The Canada Immigration Consultant in Hyderabad is well identified for their quality of services at affordable costs.

The immigration experts in Hyderabad are known for providing the best assistance in choosing the right visa that suits clients work profile by focusing on various opportunities related to their occupation available in the country. Established a great goodwill in the market for catering desires of getting permanent resident in foreign countries of aspirants, the Canada Immigration Consultant in Hyderabad gave a reason to people to expand their horizon and dream more.

Being a great highlight of Immigration Consultant in Hyderabad, Abhinav, a well established name in immigration service, is one among a large number of immigration consultancies claimed immense success in fulfilling the desire of customers by making their task of obtaining immigration visa successful. Serving customers with full assurance of getting positive outcome is something projected as a great aspect of Abhinavs immigration service that allows clients to go through lots of immigration options in terms of countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, UK, USA, Lithuania, Latvia and many more.

Ventured into the Immigration business in 1994, Abhinav tops in reliability and credited for offering immense success to the customers by offering the best solution. Apart from being the best Immigration Consultancy in Hyderabad, Abhinav established its branches in various other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, and highlighted success as a tradition of the consultancy.

Run by Mr. Ajay Sharma, identified as a Principle Immigration Consultant, Abhinav earned expertise in understanding the world of its clients and offers the best possible service by knowing their needs at reasonable costs. Moreover, those who are not able to decide which country will be the best destination or which visa program will be the most suitable for them, Abhinav serves them passionately by offering plethora of options unless they choose the best suitable option.

California Drought Update 2014

California is in its third year of little to no rain. Its interesting that as the East Coast was literally bombarded with rain and snow, we had virtually nothing. Water? What water?

Here in hot and sunny California, we are having the worst drought since the mid 1800s, according to National Geographic. As of today, nearly 60% of the state is declared to be in an “exceptional drought”. This is a title reserved for the most severe category.

We have had droughts in the past, obviously. This one, however, comes with a few surprises. Of small importance, the bottled water you are drinking may have come from this very dry and needy state! In more urgent matters, San Diego Scripps has declared that due to such severe dryness, the mountains have actually grown by one-half of an inch. Other scientists are declaring that it will affect the fault lines and we can expect more severe earthquakes, more often. In fact, we had one just yesterday.

What is being done about it? Is there anything that you can do about it? Save water, save water, save water! I do have some tips below.

One of the things that the state is concerned about is your watering habits. State Water Resources Control Board is handing out $500.00 fines for having green grass! In contrast to this, Glendora residents are being fined by the city for having dry grass! Be that as it may, it is best to minimize how and when you water your garden.

Another way the state is trying to conserve water is that for the first time in its history, the State Water Project, which supplies water to 25 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of farmland, will not be delivering any additional water later this year. This is a rationing, not a real solution to getting us more water.
Unfortunately, we at home will be forced to ration as well.

This is where you come in. Here are some tips on things you can do to conserve water.

Here are some great tips to water your house plants or potted plants:

1. If you run the water until it is hot, dont let it all just go “down the drain”. Save it in containers, then use that water to water your plants. I defrost my meat in warm – hot water in a container. The water is completely uncontaminated (I have the meat in baggies). I dump that water in to my potted plants. I also know someone who, while waiting for the shower water to heat up, takes a large container to catch that water. She, too, uses it to water her vegetable garden.

2.Dont just throw the leftover water in that water bottle away! Its also good for watering! Plants are not germaphobic!

3.Dropped an ice cube? Dont throw it away (why do we throw it into the sink?) Instead, put it into a plant.

4.Collect the water you use while rinsing vegetables and fruit. And do what? Thats right, water your plants!

Here are some other tested and true ways you can help:

1.Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Doesnt seem like much, but while you are cleaning those pearly whites, several gallons of water is being wasted. Also use this technique while washing dishes by hand. Amazingly, studies show that washing dishes by hand uses more water than a dishwasher!

2.Use the washing machine and the dishwasher for full loads only.

3.Cook food in as little water as possible.

Canberra Reports Rise In 457 Visa Candidates Keen On Queensland Immigration

Immigration Australia has disclosed that 2,500 overseas workers moved to its Queensland province during the last year to cover the regions job openings across its mining and construction sectors. The existing data show that during the concerned period, 34% of workers from abroad–who turned-up on the soils of the province using 457 permits–were involved with these sunshine industries, which, presently, are facing crucial scarcities of labor. That there is huge demand for trained workers, having relevant experience, in the resources industries of Queensland, is no secret.

Meanwhile, a concerned person was quoted as saying that during the year gone by, 2011, and over the course of three months, Queensland immigration received as many as 50,000 expressions of interest (EOI) from the interested people.

Coming back to the immigration body of the country, it reportedly said that the demand for talented overseas workers is only heading north, with British workers being in a rather high demand. Workers from the US and India come next. It added that close to 1,360 construction workers turned-up during the past one year, using 457 Temporary Business Permits, even as this number is over 200% of the 670 construction workers who had turned-up during the year gone by. Besides, overseas workers entering the mining industry headed north. While earlier it was 560, it became 1,180 during the same duration.

Despite these inspiring developments, not everyone really believes that this is a positive development for Down Under or migrant workers. In this connection, a critic was quoted as saying that the use of the 457 Permits of Australia is a method to usher-in overseas workers who (companies) may take advantage of by paying not-too-impressive salaries to them. He continued that the employers of such employees may well issue a warning that they would cancel their permits before they send them back home, in case they raised any fears of safety or salary conditions.

Available data shows that, by and large, the overseas construction employees, doing jobs across the province of Queensland, have been pocketing around $124,400 per annum. Besides, on an average, the mine employees on the Australian 457 permit pocketed close to $131,900 per annum.

Meanwhile, another involved person was quoted as saying that Queensland requires additional workersthe reason being most of the trained workers of Australia are reluctant to shift to regional places. He added that such employees prefer the eastern seaboard against the west, even while they are not very enthusiastic about shifting to Queensland. He reportedly continued that the entire involved process is rather complex, adding that it is rather impossible to bring in a worker from overseas on 457 permit, in case there are local workers to cover the opening.

Summary of Jack Welch’s Winning Chapter 2

One of the most important things for a company to instill in its work force is candor. Candor is another word for straight forwardness or being frank. Companies need to realize that lack of candor is damaging; lack of it forces people to spend more time, have more meetings, and waste money. When people arent being candid they are holding back their true ideas therefore the meaningful stuff people are afraid to say takes longer to discover. When people in an organization arent being straight forward about a subject and sugar coating things it takes longer for people to understand and thus wastes time. Therefore being candid can cut costs by eliminating meaningless meetings because time is money.

When people in a company are acting straight forward it leads to success. Candor generates speed. When all these ideas are being put out there they are discussed, bounced back and forth, and then acted upon. And if all these ideas are expressed candidly, then they are a reflection of how everyone actually feels and everyone can share their opinion and help develop and act on the idea. In addition being candid gets more people involved in the conversation; by stating the obvious you generate an abundance of ideas to work with. The more ideas the better; thus more ideas are discussed and improved.

Remember being candid is a hard thing to do because its not human nature. People are taught to keep their thoughts to themselves from an early age and this idea of being candid changes that. However many things arent human nature and we learn to do them, so it is possible. The way people in companies become candid is when they are encouraged to speak candidly, and then rewarded and praised for it.

Candor works because it cuts all the clutter and nonsense. When everyone is straight forward about everything there are no surprises. However, its impossible for everyone in an organization to be candid about everything, so if you can get people to become more candid and begin to encourage a more straight forward way of thinking then this change will most defiantly be for the better.

Choosing An Immigration Solicitor – Information & Advice

Does the thought of going through the immigration process frighten you-frighten you with thoughts of lost time and the endless filling out of applications and legal paperwork? Did you know that there are professionals who can help you navigate this difficult and complex process? An immigration solicitor can help take the worry out of filing for legal immigration by guiding you through the process and handling the legal end of things. In this article we will show you some tips on finding just the right immigration solicitor for you.

Finding an immigration solicitor is easy, but finding the -right- immigration solicitor is a little bit more difficult, with many factors to consider. One factor to consider is the reputation of the solicitor, not as they advertise, but through others are saying. Like any profession, the best people are often talked about most, so ask around to your family and friends and see if they might have someone they recommend. This is usually the best way to find someone who will have your best interests at heart.

If you don’t know anyone who has gone through the immigration process and asking around has produced little or no results, you may want to check online. The Internet is teeming with listings for immigration solicitors-some good and some bad-and it is here you can browse through these listings and narrow down your choices. Most solicitors will have websites on which they list their fee schedule and a summary of the services they perform.

Reputation is important, but so is price. Sadly, many people seeking legal immigration are strapped for cash as it is, and will choose a solicitor who is less qualified simply because his/her rates are cheaper. While there are solicitors who charge less than their more expensive counterparts, the service they provide may differ greatly, so be very careful before signing on the dotted line. You may also want to ask how their fees will be collected, as some solicitors will charge you and bill you an hourly rate, while others charge a flat fee. This can make a big difference is your case is delayed for any reason.

Once you’ve obtained some pricing information, peruses their website and asked around, the next step is to meet with a couple of the solicitors you selected. This will help you immensely in your decision making process. There will undoubtedly be those immigration solicitors who put you off and others you feel more comfortable with, but the trick is to never hire an immigration solicitor without first meeting them.

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Skillselect Brings Changes To Australian Skilled Immigration

Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia announces changes to the Australian immigration programs when ever they feel it is necessary. They had introduced a new immigration online application called SkillSelect. The program was rolled on the 1st of July 2012. The application will help the department to take visa decision quickly and efficiently.

Before July 2012, Australian immigration used to have six skilled migrant Australian visa subclasses:

1.Visa Applications in Australia

subclass 885 (skilled independent)
subclass 886 (skilled nominated/sponsored)
subclass 487 (skilled regional sponsored)

2. Visa Applications outside Australia

subclass 175 (skilled independent)
subclass 176 (skilled nominated/sponsored)
subclass 475 (skilled regional sponsored)

To reduce the time taken and cumbersome, the Australian Department of Migration has merged these six and introduced 3 subclasses, starting from the 1st July 2012.

The new skilled visa subclasses are listed below:

subclass 189 (skilled independent) (will replace subclasses 885 and 175)
subclass 190 (skilled nominated) (will replace subclasses 886 and 176)
subclass 489 (skilled regional) (will replace subclasses 487 and 475)

SkillSelect is an online application and has been specifically designed to motivate state sponsorship and employer sponsorship. This will help Australia to fill the current skills shortages, Australia is experiencing. There has been a significant change in the manner that visa applicants will apply for the Australian skilled independent, skilled sponsored and skilled regional sponsored visas.

The applicant has to first fill and submit an expression of interest (EOI). The EOI is a proof to demonstrate that your details have been successfully submitted in the central database and can be seen by employers of Australia. You are now eligibility for Australian skilled worker visa.

The information given by the foreign national who is intending to come to Australia is thoroughly reviewed. Department verifies and reviews the information provided by the visa applicant. Any false or misleading information will result in cancel of application, visa refusal or potential ban from the system.

SkillSelect will ensure that the skilled migration program is beneficial for Australian economic needs. It should support the Australian Government and help them manage the application for skilled migration. This would reduce the visa processing time significantly.

SkillSelect will also help in addressing regional skill shortages of various parts of Australia. SkillSelect is an online application which allows willing migrants to migrate to Australia and live and work in any part of Australia. Employers will also benefit by filling up the required position in time and as per the set guidelines.
Australian visa applicants should take advice and documentation help from an experienced and well known Australian immigration consultancy. This will take their visa approval chance much higher.