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New rule allows deportation if H-1B extension is rejected

New rule allows deportation if H-1B extension is rejected

MUMBAI: Many H-1B visa holders could find themselves facing deportation proceedings if their application for a visa extension or change of status has been rejected and the tenure of stay granted originally by the US authorities (as reflected in Form 1-94) has expired. To make matters worse, despite no longer holding on to a job, […]

UK launches new visas route for Indian scientists, academics

UK launches new visas route for Indian scientists, academics

The UK has launched new visas that will be open to overseas scientists and researchers, including Indians, to encourage the growth of the country’s research sector.  The new UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme, which is being added to the already existing Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa route, opened from yesterday […]

Nearly 100 Indians held at 2 detention centres in US, India establishes contact

Nearly 100 Indians held at 2 detention centres in US, India establishes contact

The Indian mission in the US has established contact with two immigration detention centres where nearly 100 Indians, mostly from Punjab, are detained for illegally entering the country through its southern border.  According to officials, around 40-45 Indians are at a federal detention centre in the Southern American State of New Mexico while 52 Indians, […]

UK opens up thousands of visa slots to IT professionals, engineers, teachers

UK opens up thousands of visa slots to IT professionals, engineers, teachers

If you are an IT professional, engineer, doctor or a teacher there is a good news for you. The UK government is planning to introduce a new immigration policy in which Indian IT professionals, doctors are among those expected to benefit.  The UK government has tabled changes to its immigration policy in Parliament, which is also likely […]

‘No big changes’ in H-1B visa: US Deputy Chief of Mission Carlson

‘No big changes’ in H-1B visa: US Deputy Chief of Mission Carlson

NEW DELHI: There have been “no big changes” in the H-1B programme and “nothing new” on the H-4 visa policy, the US said today, amid the Trump administration’s plan to overhaul the immigration system.  US Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Delhi, MaryKay L Carlson said granting employment visa and work permits is the sovereign […]

150-Year Wait for Indian Immigrants With Advanced Degrees

150-Year Wait for Indian Immigrants With Advanced Degrees

    By David Bier I have previously written that no one knows how long legal immigrant workers will have to wait for permanent residency (i.e. green cards) in the United States, particularly from India where the wait times are the longest. But now U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the number of applicants for each category, so […]

US receives over 5,000 tips on H-1B visa fraud on dedicated e-mail helpline: Official

US receives over 5,000 tips on H-1B visa fraud on dedicated e-mail helpline: Official

WASHINGTON: More than 5,000 complaints of H-1B visa fraud and abuse have been received by a federal agency on a dedicated e-mail helpline that was launched by the Trump administration last year, an official said.  The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require […]

H-1B visa: A tale of changing policies, growing anxieties

H-1B visa: A tale of changing policies, growing anxieties

  WASHINGTON: In line with the Trump administration’s protectionist policies and a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy to spur job creation, the H-1B visa allocation process has come under intense scrutiny over the past one year. The rules that once allowed for skilled Indian professionals to get jobs in the United States were changed all of a […]

30,000 sign petition in support of Indian professionals denied UK visas

30,000 sign petition in support of Indian professionals denied UK visas

Over 30,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the UK government to stop “abusing” a national security clause to deny hundreds of highly-skilled Indian professionals the right to live and work in the country.  Britain’s newly-appointed Pakistani-origin Home Secretary Sajid Javid told a parliamentary committee this week that he would “urgently” look into […]

Poll finds more favourable attitudes towards Indian immigrants than Pakistanis and Bangladeshis – why?

Poll finds more favourable attitudes towards Indian immigrants than Pakistanis and Bangladeshis – why?

A recent survey looking into attitudes towards immigrants of different origins has thrown up some interesting figures. YouGov asked 1,668 UK adults whether immigrants from various parts of the world had made a positive or negative contribution to British life. Click here to read more… Credit: theconversation.com

US agency conducts H-1B visa lottery for 1.90 lakh applications

US agency conducts H-1B visa lottery for 1.90 lakh applications

MUMBAI: The number of applications for the H-1B visa, heavily relied upon by India’s tech industry, has fallen for the second year in a row. For the 2018-19 season (FY 2019), which would permit successful visa applicants to work in the United States (US) from October 1, the US agency received 1.90 lakh applications as […]

Thousands of Indian Women Could Lose Their Jobs Because of Trump’s Racist Whims

Thousands of Indian Women Could Lose Their Jobs Because of Trump’s Racist Whims

In just a few months, thousands of Indian immigrant women working in this country could be forced to quit their jobs, all due to the Trump administration’s backwards and bigoted policies on immigration. Come June, the administration is expected to rescind an Obama-era program that allowed spouses of H1-B visa holders—skilled workers sponsored by U.S. […]

This year, the H-1B visa will find fewer takers among India’s big IT companies

This year, the H-1B visa will find fewer takers among India’s big IT companies

The number of hoops companies have to jump through to bring foreign workers into the US is only growing under the Trump administration. And Indian IT firms are no longer up for the hassle. The pool of applicants for H-1B visas has been churned. Indian outsourcing companies are now scaling back while San Francisco Bay Area tech […]

New Immigration Draft Proposal May Be Beneficial For Indian Workers in U.S.

New Immigration Draft Proposal May Be Beneficial For Indian Workers in U.S.

Highly qualified young Indian American professionals who have applied for permanent residentship in the United States could have a better chance of receiving the green card if a new draft proposal for immigration goes through. The proposed changes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have negative repercussions on immigrants who seek any kind […]

H-1B visa application process to begin from Monday

H-1B visa application process to begin from Monday

WASHINGTON: The process of filing petitions for H-1B, considered as the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals, begins on Monday amidst unprecedented scrutiny by the Donald Trump administration. A strong indication is coming from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency which is responsible to process all H-1B visas, that there […]

Applicants from India for EB-visas may drop by 80 pc: CanAm

Applicants from India for EB-visas may drop by 80 pc: CanAm

MUMBAI: Applicants from India for EB- visas are expected to decline by up to 80 per cent if the US gives the go-ahead to hike the investment cap from USD 0.5 million now to USD 1.3 million later this year.  The employment-based fifth preference category (EB-5) visa is meant for high networth investors (HNIs) to […]

With 16 million, India tops world in number of migrants abroad

With 16 million, India tops world in number of migrants abroad

  UNITED NATIONS: Indian tops the world in the number of migrants sent abroad and more than half of the 16.59 million live in the Gulf region, according to a UN report. The 2017 International Migration Report released here on Monday showed that during this century’s period of rapid globalisation, the number of Indian migrants […]

H-1B visa: The procedural changes and 5 key challenges for India Inc

H-1B visa: The procedural changes and 5 key challenges for India Inc

MUMBAI: Even as the US Congress has not taken a final decision on the future of H-1B visas, newly-announced administrative changes relating to third-party H-1B visa petitions have left India Inc grappling with a multitude of challenges. Most IT companies in India (which corner a bulk of H-1B visas issued each year) work on an […]

As Trump seeks to tighten visa rules, Indian IT firms are spending freely to lobby US policymakers

As Trump seeks to tighten visa rules, Indian IT firms are spending freely to lobby US policymakers

Indian IT companies are the biggest beneficiaries of H-1B visas granted by the United States. As President Donald Trump threatens to tighten the United States’ immigration policies, Indian technology giants are lobbying harder than ever in Washington. In 2017, India’s second-largest information technology services company, Infosys, spent $2,00,000 on lobbying the US Congress, four times […]

Strict H-1B visa rule not to impact Indian IT companies: T V Mohandas Pai

Strict H-1B visa rule not to impact Indian IT companies: T V Mohandas Pai

  The recent move by the US to tighten H-1B visa approval is unlikely to have any significant impact on Indian IT companies compliant with laws, but could “hurt” bodyshops that misuse the system, industry veteran T V Mohandas Pai today said. Under the new policy, a company will have to go an extra mile […]

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