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Huge Change Planned to EB-5 Investment Visa Program

Huge Change Planned to EB-5 Investment Visa Program

By Charles Foster, Immigration Attorney HOUSTON: The EB-5 Regional Center program is being extended through the balance of the fiscal year through September 30, 2017 as is; what we call a “clean extension.”  I’m on the Board of IIUSA, the largest industry organization and in the past the EB-5 Regional Center industry was more than happy to […]

Donald Trump: Not against legal immigration

Donald Trump: Not against legal immigration

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has said that he wants to stop illegal immigration into the US and called for a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-tech professionals from countries like India. “I want to stop illegal immigration…I want people to come into the country legally. I want people to come in on merit. I […]

California Taxi Driver Detained at Immigration Check-In

California Taxi Driver Detained at Immigration Check-In

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP): A Southern California taxi driver originally from India was detained Monday by U.S. immigration authorities during a check-in for an 18-year-old deportation order. Gurmukh Singh, a 47-year-old husband and father of two teenage girls, was detained at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s offices in Santa Ana. […]

As Vijay Mallya case hangs fire, India says no to UK MoU on deportation

As Vijay Mallya case hangs fire, India says no to UK MoU on deportation

By Rahul Tripathi Ahead of the first India-UK home affairs dialogue on May 4, New Delhi is learnt to have rejected London’s proposal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on immigration and organised crime, which includes a provision for deportation of illegal Indian immigrants. According to government sources, London was keen to formalise the […]

A success in UK, Indian e-visa irks some over cost, reciprocity

A success in UK, Indian e-visa irks some over cost, reciprocity

India’s electronic visa scheme has been hailed by British travel agents – more tourists use the e-visa now than the regular one – but its success has raised issues about reciprocity as well as concern over fraud websites offering e-visas. The United Kingdom is one of the countries where the e-visa was extended in 2015 at a […]

How end of H1B visa lottery could affect Infosys, TCS, Cognizant

How end of H1B visa lottery could affect Infosys, TCS, Cognizant

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to promote ‘Buy American’ and ‘Hire American’ policies. Among other measures, the order directed four government departments to ensure that H1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid applicants. In a press briefing before the order was signed, an official in the Trump administration […]

As US visa troubles deepen, more Indians look to come back

As US visa troubles deepen, more Indians look to come back

More Indians living in the US want a job back home after Donald Trump became the president of the world’s largest economy. The number of Indians in the US searching for jobs in India has gone up more than 10-fold between December and March, according to an analysis by consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Pvt. […]

‘Australian values’: Turnbull abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

‘Australian values’: Turnbull abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

Australia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new programme requiring better English-language and job skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. Turnbull, struggling with poor voter approval ratings, rejected suggestions the visa policy change was in response to far-right wing political parties, such as One Nation, […]

Wealthy Indians worried about Trump changes opt for EB5 immigrant Investor Green Card US visa; H1B and L1 visa concerns

Wealthy Indians worried about Trump changes opt for EB5 immigrant Investor Green Card US visa; H1B and L1 visa concerns

It seems that the Trump administration may bring in further restriction for the H1B specialty worker visa and L1 visa programs (includes the L1A intra-company transfer visa for executives and managers and L1B intra-company transfer visa for specialized knowledge workers).  There are also concerns that the EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program may become much more […]

Ahead of H1B lottery, Silicon Valley’s ‘darkest’ immigration secret hits cinemas

Ahead of H1B lottery, Silicon Valley’s ‘darkest’ immigration secret hits cinemas

A feature film about the difficulties facing an Indian temporary work-visa holder waiting for permanent residency will be screened in 25 US cinemas on Friday, with backing from Silicon Valley investors, fuelling an already heated immigration debate. The film, “For Here or To Go?” was written and produced by San Francisco-based Rishi Bhilawadikar, 33, one […]

Order to send Houston doctors back to India a sign of “rigid” new immigration rules

Order to send Houston doctors back to India a sign of “rigid” new immigration rules

The near removal of two Houston physicians to India this week indicates immigration officials are being hesitant to use discretion, perhaps defaulting to a blanket policy against granting exceptions in unusual cases, a practice lawyers worry might increase under President Donald Trump’s enforcement policy. Click here to read more… Credit: www.houstonchronicle.com

India has not accepted list of illegal immigrants sent by US: Sushma Swaraj

India has not accepted list of illegal immigrants sent by US: Sushma Swaraj

India has not accepted a list of 271 people deemed as illegal migrants by the United States authorities pending the verification of their nationality, Union minister Sushma Swaraj told Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The minister said India will not take steps to issue emergency travel documents to the people identified as illegal immigrants till it […]

U.S. targets more than 270 Indians for deportation, says India’s top diplomat

U.S. targets more than 270 Indians for deportation, says India’s top diplomat

NEW DELHI — U.S. authorities have begun pressing the Indian government to resolve more than 270 outstanding deportation cases involving Indian nationals, Indian officials said Friday. Indian officials said they know little about the specifics of the cases and could not tell from their own data whether people had overstayed visas or were convicted of […]

An Anti-Immigration Website Posted A Video Of Indian Families Hanging Out In A Park

An Anti-Immigration Website Posted A Video Of Indian Families Hanging Out In A Park

In the aftermath of the deadly Kansas shooting of Indian-born engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an immigration reform advocacy website that features photos and a video of Indian families relaxing in suburban Columbus, Ohio, has Indian immigrant communities across the country worried, with some unwilling to travel outside the towns where they live. The site, SaveAmericanITJobs.org, argues […]

Change in H-1B visa rules to hit the Indian IT sector hard

Change in H-1B visa rules to hit the Indian IT sector hard

By DhrubaSattwata Roy Choudhury The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to temporarily suspend the premium processing of all H-1B petitions. This has spurred a lot of speculation about the Trump administration’s plans for the visa program. New system to protect American worker’s interests? A legislation has been introduced in the US House […]

In India, Donald Trump has made US-based men less desirable marriage partners

In India, Donald Trump has made US-based men less desirable marriage partners

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, his dramatic executive order on immigration in January (which was later stayed by a federal court) and a proposal to squeeze H1B work visa programmes that are used extensively by Indians has meant that young Indian men studying and working in the US are no longer in demand in marriage bureaus in […]

India IT Feeling U.S. H-1B Immigration Angst

India IT Feeling U.S. H-1B Immigration Angst

India’s information technology lobbyists are wrapping up a week in the halls of Congress as India’s sizable U.S. tech community worries about losing out in the Washington, D.C. immigration maelstrom. The U.S. H-1B visa, which grants extended permission for U.S. work for highly skilled workers, has been a boon for India and its émigrés. Many are […]

H1B visa: India begins dialogue with US lawmakers

H1B visa: India begins dialogue with US lawmakers

The Indian software services companies will breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian ministries, authorities and industry lobby had a dialogue with a visiting eight-member US delegation headed by Congressman Bob GoodLatte, on the ongoing concerns of H1-B visa holders. After the meeting with IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, GoodLatte, the chairman of house […]

Indian tech graduates fear America may shut them out

Indian tech graduates fear America may shut them out

Ayush Suvalka has a lot going for him. He’s about to graduate from one of the best engineering colleges in India and has already secured a job with the Bangalore branch of JPMorgan (JPM). The 21-year-old computer science student isn’t planning to spend his career in India’s version of Silicon Valley. He hopes the big […]

No cap on visa for Indian students: British envoy

No cap on visa for Indian students: British envoy

Britain on Tuesday said there is no cap on visa for Indian students and they are free to access world-class education in top notch UK universities. British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said that the UK had announced 600 scholarships for Indian students aspiring to study in the UK. Click here to read more… […]

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