Please see below information regarding a scholarship opportunity for woman from developing countries.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, is an outreach program of the World Bank Family Network.

The fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during Their studies in the United States or Canada. The MMMF annually awards about six to ten grants of approximately $11,000 each.

The application must be filled out online on our website at www.wbfn.org and click on OUTREACH.

For further information regarding the MMMF grant program, visit their website or contact them by email at [email protected] or at (202) 473-8751.

All questions should be directed to the World Bank Group at the contact info listed below.

The World Bank Group
Family Network
1818 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20433

Tel: (202) 473-8751
Fax: (202) 522 3142
Email: [email protected]

Lots of information on the H-1B visa program, particularly since the April 1st opening of the quota approaches.  This will be of particular interest to students who are in, or will be applying for optional practical training with the hope of securing a work employment visa with a sponsoring institution or company.

Benefits of Optional Practical Training  (OPT)

* Your career in the US after graduation should ALWAYS start with Optional Practical Training (OPT).
* You must apply before you complete all requirements for degree.
* You get one year for each higher degree you complete.
* OPT ideally acts as a bridge between your studies and the workplace.
* It allows you to “get your foot in the door” with a US employer without any paperwork on their part: vitally important.
* It allows you to try more than one job if you wish.
* While in some cases it may be possible to proceed directly to H1B or even permanent residence without OPT, this is usually inadvisable.

What is H1B Visa

* It is the principal immigration status available for persons temporarily working in professional level jobs (“specialty occupations”) in the US.

WORLDWIDE – Holiday Season May Delay Work Permit/Visa Application Processing

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Government offices generally are short-staffed or close during the holiday season. As a result, processing delays should be expected for visa and work permit applications during the months of December and January, particularly in Latin America and Europe.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is extending its Premium Processing Service to three new types of employment-based immigrant petitions. As of September 25, 2006, premium processing – which allows U.S. employers to pay a $1,000 premium processing fee in exchange for processing within 15 calendar days – will be available for the following petition types: (1) first preference outstanding professors and researchers; (2) second preference members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability, except National Interest Waiver cases; and (3) third preference workers not classifiable as skilled workers or professionals (also referred to as “other workers”).