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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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Facebook, YouTube dominate social media use in US

A majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook

Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook employees 'secret police' to catch information leakers. Pixabay
  • Facebook and Youtube are most popular apps in the US
  • The apps are particularly very popular among youngsters
  • Other popular apps are LinkedIn, Snapchat, WhatsApp etc.

When it comes to social media penetration in daily life, a majority of Americans are hooked on Facebook and YouTube but millennials prefer photo-sharing platforms Snapchat and Instagram, a new survey has revealed.

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Youngsters use a lots of app these days. Wikimedia Commons

According to the Pew Research Centre, 68 percent of all Americans use Facebook and three-quarters of that access the social media platform on a daily basis.

Nearly 74 percent of adults use YouTube and 94 percent of young users visit YouTube on their computers or smartphones.

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With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

“Younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71 percent) visit the platform multiple times per day,” the findings showed.

YouTube is another most popular app in the US. Pixabay
YouTube is another most popular app in the US. Pixabay

Similarly, 71 percent of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45 percent) are Twitter users, the survey noted.

“These findings also highlight the public’s sometimes conflicting attitudes toward social media. For example, the share of social media users who say these platforms would be hard to give up has increased by 12 percentage points compared with a survey conducted in early 2014, the Pew Research Centre said.

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By the same token, a majority of users (59 percent) say it would not be hard to stop using these sites, including 29 percent who say it would not be hard at all to give up social media.

Some 88 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds indicated that they use any form of social media. That share falls to 78 percent among those ages 30 to 49, to 64 percent among those ages 50 to 64 and to 37 percent among Americans 65 and older.

Pinterest remains substantially more popular with women — 41 percent — than men (16 percent). LinkedIn remains especially popular among college graduates and those in high-income households.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in Latin America.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in Latin America.

“Some 50 percent of Americans with a college degree use LinkedIn, compared with just 9 percent of those with a high school diploma or less,” the survey said.

The messaging service WhatsApp is popular in Latin America, and this popularity also extends to Latinos in the US – 49 percent of Hispanics report that they are WhatsApp users, compared with 14 percent of whites and 21 percent of blacks. IANS