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LanguageTime Annual Guide for Interpreter Careers

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The Language Time Annual Guide for Interpreter Careers in the United States Government, United Nations and European Commission is now available.  If you have not sent your email previously to receive your complimentary copy, you may do so by clicking —–>here

Those that have previously filled out the request form will be received the PDF copy of the Guide shortly.

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LanguageTime Annual Guide for Interpreter Careers now available

Interpreters Guide 2

The Language Time Annual Guide for Interpreter Careers in the United States Government, United Nations and European Commission is now available.  If you have not sent your email previously to receive your complimentary copy, you may do so by clicking —–>here

Those that have previously filled out the request form will be received the PDF copy of the Guide shortly.

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Afghan Interpreters Who Helped U.S. Troops Face Visa Denials –via AllGov

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Afghan interpreter Mohammad Janis Shinwari with U.S. Army Capt. Matt Zeller (photo: Mohammad Janis Shinwari)

The Obama administration has denied numerous Afghan interpreters entry into the United States, even though they helped the U.S. military and now face death threats from the Taliban.

With American troops planning to pull out next year, the interpreters say insurgents intend to kill them and their families for supporting the U.S. occupation. But the State Department has repeatedly rejected the visa applications of these men, saying there is no serious threat against them.

The interpreters beg to differ.

“There are tons of Talibs in my village, and they all know that I worked with the Americans,” one interpreter, Mohammad, who asked that his last name not be published for security reasons, told The Washington Post after being denied a visa. “If I can’t go to the States, my life is over. I swear to God, one day the Taliban will catch me.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Robert Hilton, refused to explain to the newspaper what constituted a “serious threat.”

Some members of Congress want to help the Afghan interpreters.

“There’s no excuse for thousands of people who have helped our troops being stranded there with their lives endangered,” Representative Jim Moran (D-Virginia) told Army Times. “We really have a moral responsibility here to move this, and the consequences likely to befall the people who need those visas we don’t want to contemplate.”

To read more of this article courtesy of AllGov, click the link below.

http://www.allgov.com/news/us-and-the-world/afghan-interpreters-who-helped-us-troops-face-visa-denials-131112?news=851639

 

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Interpreter’s Career Rises, Then Falls, Amidst Tehran-Washington Standoff

photo_t250SAN DIEGO — Amir Mohammed Estakhri is an American citizen of Iranian descent, and a longtime San Diego resident. He’s a native Farsi speaker — the official language of Iran. And he speaks Dari, a very similar language spoken in Afghanistan.

Estakhri is bicultural, well-educated, and he has experience interpreting in the international business arena. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his skills were in high demand. In 2005, he began working on contract for the State Department’s Office of Language Services.

“Number one, I’ve always been interested in politics and the implementation of policies,” Estakhri said. “I’ve always been very attached to following events, so I wanted to contribute and also gain a better understanding.”

To read more of this article courtesy of KPBS, click the link below.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/mar/25/dont-publish-yet-iranian-american-interpreter/

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Become an interpreter at the U.S. Department of State

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To see how to become an interpreter at the U.S. Department of State

click here ———>U.S. Department of State.

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