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Immigration NZ battling widespread fraud over fake student visa applications

Immigration NZ battling widespread fraud over fake student visa applications

In the last year 20,000 student visas were applied for, and just over half were declined. The majority of those applications were from unlicenced agents and advisers, which use false educational qualifications and financial statements to apply for student visas. And there are warnings the problem could be more widespread. Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey […]

Visiting US? Immigration to become fast, hassle-free

Visiting US? Immigration to become fast, hassle-free

New Delhi: Pre-approved, low-risk Indian travellers to the US may soon have an expeditious, hassle-free immigration through automatic kiosks at select American airports, with India set to join the US Global Entry Program ahead of the Indo-US Homeland Security dialogue in July. The Indo-US homeland security dialogue in Washington, to be led by Union home […]

Soon, automated e-gates at IGI airport

Soon, automated e-gates at IGI airport

NEW DELHI: Pre-approved Indian frequent fliers, including captains of business and celebrities, may soon be assured a hassle-free, expeditious immigration upon return from foreign trips, with the government set to install automated e-gates at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here. The e-gates facility, which is expected to come up shortly at IGI airport and will eventually be […]

India-US to sign 2 key pacts during Homeland Security Dialogue

India-US to sign 2 key pacts during Homeland Security Dialogue

NEW DELHI: India and the US are likely to sign two key agreements in July that would exempt prominent Indian citizens from immigration checks in America and pave the way for exchange of information on terrorists on a real time basis. The two pacts on Global Entry–a US Customs and Border Protection programme that permits speedy […]

India hopeful of becoming part of US global entry program

India hopeful of becoming part of US global entry program

Indian VVIPs – top politicians, officials, celebrities and businessman etc. – can hope to get a hassle free entry in the USA soon. In the upcoming Homeland security meet in July, India is expecting US to make India a part of its global entry program that ensures easy entry without going through harassment at the […]

US Responds To India’s Discriminatory Visa Fee Charge

US Responds To India’s Discriminatory Visa Fee Charge

WASHINGTON:  The US has told India it is bound by legislation on the recent visa fee hike – which has badly hit Indian IT companies, an issue that was strongly raised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his bilateral meeting. “There are always two issues, one of course is the recent one, visa fee hike and the other […]

Canada apologizes for 1914 rejection of Asian migrant ship

Canada apologizes for 1914 rejection of Asian migrant ship

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in Parliament on Wednesday for a government decision in 1914 to turn away a ship carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants. The Komagata Maru from Hong Kong arrived off Vancouver only to have almost all of its 376 passengers, nearly all of them Sikhs from India, […]

India-visa rejection rate tops 50pc

India-visa rejection rate tops 50pc

More Indian student visas have been declined than approved in the past 10 months, as Immigration New Zealand battles widespread fraud. In figures revealed to the Herald, 10,863 of the 20,887 applications the agency received from applicants in India were declined. Among the declined applications, 9190 had been lodged by unlicensed education advisers, student agents and […]

India-Born Activist’s Mission to Change the Immigration Debate in the U.S.

India-Born Activist’s Mission to Change the Immigration Debate in the U.S.

The rancorous debates around race and immigration have made this year’s presidential race a fraught one for many U.S. immigrants. Sayu Bhojwani’s mission is to change the conversation by getting some of them into politics. Ms. Bhojwani, 48 years old, is the founder and president of the New York-based New American Leaders Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization […]

Why Donald Trump is spooking Indian outsourcers with his flip-flops on immigration

Why Donald Trump is spooking Indian outsourcers with his flip-flops on immigration

More than his 20-minute visa interview, Kaladhar Reddy remembers a 90-minute visit to ‘The Visa Temple’, officially called the Chilkur Balaji Temple on the banks of the Osman Sagar in Hyderabad. On a Thursday evening in June 2015, Reddy, a 20-something systems analyst, was part of a throng of thousands jostling through the temple, seeking […]

India Consistently Raising Visa Issue With UK: Nirmala Sitharaman

India Consistently Raising Visa Issue With UK: Nirmala Sitharaman

NEW DELHI:  India has been consistently raising its concerns with the UK about the new British immigration law, which will impact domestic professionals earning below 35,000 pounds annually, Parliament was informed today. In 2012, the UK had made certain changes to the immigration rules, which would affect the settlement of non-European economic area workers with tier […]

Why Donald Trump is spooking Indian outsourcers with his flip-flops on immigration

Why Donald Trump is spooking Indian outsourcers with his flip-flops on immigration

More than his 20-minute visa interview, Kaladhar Reddy remembers a 90-minute visit to ‘The Visa Temple’, officially called the Chilkur Balaji Temple on the banks of the Osman Sagar in Hyderabad. On a Thursday evening in June 2015, Reddy, a 20-something systems analyst, was part of a throng of thousands jostling through the temple, seeking […]

Indian-Americans join anti-deportation rally in US

Indian-Americans join anti-deportation rally in US

WASHINGTON: A large number of Indian -Americans and people from the South Asian community joined a massive rally in front of the US Supreme Court in support of Obama Administration’s plans to deferdeportation of four million illegal immigrantswhose children are US citizens. The Supreme Court, which is hearing the case, is now split on the Obama Administration’s plans to […]

Malaysia introduces e-visa for Indian tourists

Malaysia introduces e-visa for Indian tourists

MUMBAI: In a bid to tap a larger share of the Indian outbound travel, Malaysian Government has introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization Visa (e-visa) for a short visit to Malaysia. Currently, the e-visa facility is available to Indians residing in India only and is valid for a single journey stay of maximum 30 days in […]

India may make citizenship process for Pakistani Hindus easier

India may make citizenship process for Pakistani Hindus easier

NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday announced that it proposes to simplify procedures for grant of Indian citizenship to minority Hindus from Pakistan. The proposal also envisages allowing “minority communities of Pakistan staying in India on a Long Term Visa” to buy property, open bank accounts and obtain permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar number, […]

UK parliament panel opens inquiry into treatment of Indian students

UK parliament panel opens inquiry into treatment of Indian students

LONDON: A British parliamentary panel has launched a formal inquiry into the treatment of international students, majority of them Indian, who were accused of cheating on English language tests and forced to leave the UK. The House of Commons’ home affairs select committee, chaired by Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz, launched the inquiry into the […]

US to take action against Indian students extending their stay

US to take action against Indian students extending their stay

WASHINGTON: The US will take action against 306 Indian students caught in a sting operation for allegedly trying to extend their stay in the country illegally, a top US State Department official said on Tuesday. “For the most part, they all came on legitimate student visas. It was actually when they were in country that […]

Deported Pakistanis will have to face the law

Deported Pakistanis will have to face the law

The rejection rate of Pakistani migrants seeking asylum in Europe stands at over 90 percent. DW spoke to a lawyer from Pakistan, Zia Awan, about why Islamabad is unable to control illegal migration from its soil. More than 48,000 Pakistani migrants applied for political asylum in different European countries in 2015 and up to the […]

Narayana Murthy: Indian IT companies act as immigration agents

Narayana Murthy: Indian IT companies act as immigration agents

HYDERABAD: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump now has an ally in India in the form of N R Narayana Murthy. Trump, who has been vehemently opposing outsourcing of US jobs to countries like India and China, among others, has found support from Infosys founder Murthy, who on Tuesday said that the Indian software industry has been […]

4,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in 2015: Report

4,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in 2015: Report

NEW DELHI: India has seen the fourth biggest outflow of high net worth individuals globally in 2015 with shifting of 4,000 millionaires overseas, says a report. According to a report by New World Wealth, some 4,000 uber-rich Indians have changed their domicile in 2015, while France saw the maximum outflow of millionaires with as many […]