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Earning less than 35,000 pounds? New UK ‘visa’ law may get you out of the country

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New Delhi: The British Government has decreed that the people who are working on a Tier-2 visa and have an annual income of fewer than 35,000 pounds have a chance of being deported permanently.

Focusing on the report released by the UK’s office of Nation Statics, it is revealed that the Indians are topping the charts where they constitute of a total of 78% of the applicants who cleared the process for the Tier-2 visas in the year of 2014-15.

Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of Commerce and Industry is quoted in an interview that the Indian Government will be taking action and arranging talks about the issue with the British authorities.

She vehemently adds that “We have challenged the US in the WTO… we have challenged one, so the principle applies for anybody else”.

The professionals belonging to India have been facing similar hindrances regarding the visas in countries like the US as well. And India’s decision was, therefore, to drag the country into the quarters of World Trade Organization (WTO), seeking probe after the temporary working visas were charged with high fees.

The law which has its chances to being implemented from the month of April can seriously have its effects on an estimated population of 30,000 to 40,000 workers.

Only those who will pass through the scanning while applying for the ‘Indefinite leave to Remain’ (ILR) in the UK, have a chance in reality to make the cut of the deportation. And that too, only if they are able to proof that their per capita income crosses the threshold of 35,000 pounds.

The Tier-2 visas are particularly issued for the non-European workers based in the UK-firms when they are hiring for them as professionals. Whereas the whole process is subjected ultimately to the issuing of the ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’.

The tension that has now caught the breath of the foreign professionals is the option of returning to their home countries on their own or to be forcefully deported. (Inputs from agencies)

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U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter

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FILE - The Twitter app is seen on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017
U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter. VOA

US, Dec 31, 2017: The U.S. Library of Congress says it will no longer collect every single tweet published on Twitter as it has been doing for the past 12 years.

The library said this week that it can no longer collect everything across the entire social media platform because of recent changes Twitter has made, including allowing longer tweets, photos and videos.

It said in a blog post this week that its first objective with collecting and archiving tweets was “to document the emergence of online social media for future generations.” The library says it has fulfilled that objective and no longer needs to be a “comprehensive” collector of tweets.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington.
FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. VOA

The Library of Congress said it will still collect and archive tweets in the future, but will do so on a more selective basis. It said going forward “the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

The library said it generally does not collect media comprehensively, but said it made an exception for public tweets when the social media platform was first developed.

The library said it will keep its previous archive of tweets from 2006-2017 to help people understand the rise of social media and to offer insight into the public mood during that time. “Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations,” it said.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation,” it said. (VOA)

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