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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… […]

PM Modi asks US to have ‘far-sighted’ view on H-1B visas for skilled workers

PM Modi asks US to have ‘far-sighted’ view on H-1B visas for skilled workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States on Tuesday to keep an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers, in comments that pushed back against Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric on jobs. Modi’s comments reflected concern that India’s $150 billion IT services industry would suffer if the United States curbs the visas, […]

UK needs to do more on students’ visa issue: Indian envoy

UK needs to do more on students’ visa issue: Indian envoy

The UK needs to do more on the students visa issue despite the “pluses” British Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement about special categories of visas, the new Indian envoy here has said. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, who presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II last week, told the Daily Express in his first interview to a […]

H1B visa norm changes: Indian IT professionals look at returning home

H1B visa norm changes: Indian IT professionals look at returning home

Vikramaditya, a business system analyst working with a US-based information technology (IT) consulting firm, is worried if he will be able to renew his H1B visa next year. “I have been on H1B visa for the last two years. With all the changes proposed, I don’t know if my renewal would be accepted next year,” […]

UK MPs want fast-track visa services for Indians

UK MPs want fast-track visa services for Indians

Recalling the historic contribution of India and other Commonwealth countries , 45 ruling Conservative MPs have called for fast-track visa services to their citizens as Brexit drives Britain to look for newer trade relationships outside Europe. In a letter to Home secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday, the MPs urged her to “extend the hand of friendship […]

Furore over US visa policy for parliamentarians

Furore over US visa policy for parliamentarians

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani announced a boycott of the UN-sponsored International Parliamentary Union (IPU) being held in New York next week, after the US failed to issue a visa to Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who was supposed to represent Pakistan at the forum. The chairman has also directed that no Senate delegation […]

To Draw Foreign Talent, Japan Eases Permanent Visa Norms

To Draw Foreign Talent, Japan Eases Permanent Visa Norms

At a time when lawmakers in US are planning to impose curbs on H-1B visas, Japan is easing the process of issuance of green cards to highly skilled professionals in IT and other cutting edge fields from foreign countries, including India. “We are trying to make Japanese business environment better for the foreign companies through […]

India’s techies fear US crackdown on high-skilled visas

India’s techies fear US crackdown on high-skilled visas

Mumbai: Indian student Sunny Nair has always dreamt of working for a technology giant in the United States but fears that President Donald Trump will crush his life ambition. The 19-year-old worries that Trump’s crackdown on immigration will include restrictions on so-called H-1B visas, which India’s IT sector uses to send thousands of highly-skilled workers […]

The silver lining in H1B visa reforms

The silver lining in H1B visa reforms

While America’s proposed immigration reforms could be very challenging in the short term for India’s information technology (IT) services companies, they could also be the catalyst for the transformation they must make to survive. There is a powerful historical precedent for this. Click here to read more… Credit: livemint.com

Google CEO Sundar Pichai criticises Trump’s immigration order

Google CEO Sundar Pichai criticises Trump’s immigration order

SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s India-born Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Saturday critcised US President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending the entry of people from Muslim-majority countries to the United States and stressed its negative influence on US attractiveness for foreign talent. Pichai suggested that the ban could affect at least 187 Google employees as the Internet […]

Trump’s immigration order sends shock waves across Indian IT industry

Trump’s immigration order sends shock waves across Indian IT industry

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration order, the Indian technology industry is gripped with fear as shock waves spread across India’s silicon city.  While the U.S. doesn’t hire on a large scale from the seven Muslim-majority countries set to be affected by Trump’s order – the Indian tech industry, that sends hundreds of employees to […]

Brexit trade deal with India ‘at risk’ without visa reform

Brexit trade deal with India ‘at risk’ without visa reform

One of Britain’s most important post-Brexit trade partnerships+ could be at risk due to Theresa May’s refusal to reform visa restrictions for Indian citizens. The British Prime Minister has insisted leaving the EU would allow Britain to find other partners abroad and India, the world’s fastest growing major economy, was the first country she visited, […]

Indian Outsourcing Firms Prep for Curbs on H-1B Visa Workers Under Trump

Indian Outsourcing Firms Prep for Curbs on H-1B Visa Workers Under Trump

NEW DELHI—President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t take office in Washington until Friday, but he is already forcing firms in India’s mammoth $108 billion technology-outsourcing industry to rethink their hiring practices in the U.S., their largest market. While Mr. Trump has chastised U.S. firms for offshoring American jobs, Indian outsourcing firms could be set to see renewed […]

H1B visas: Radical changes proposed by Donald Trump administration

H1B visas: Radical changes proposed by Donald Trump administration

New Delhi: President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to augment jobs in the US during his campaign. To achieve this, he has unequivocally stated that his administration will prevent outsourcing as well as revamp the H1B visa programme that allows US companies to hire high-skilled foreign workers at the cost of locals. Trump’s transition team is […]

Infosys, TCS, Wipro stocks in focus as US plans tougher H1-B visa norms

Stocks of information technology (IT) companies such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro continue to remain in focus over rising concerns of a clampdown by the US Congress over H1-B visas. Infosys’ stock prices were marginally down by less than a percent on Monday morning and TCS’ stock prices were stable. Click here to read more… […]

Indian Govt announces changes in visa rules

Indian Govt announces changes in visa rules

MUSCAT – The Indian government has announced changes in the existing rules in order to liberalise, simplify and rationalise the visa regime to encourage more foreign nationals including Omanis, to visit India for tourism, business and other purposes.   As part of this policy initiative, the government has modified the existing ‘e-Tourist Visa’ scheme. In a […]

As bodies pile up, Indian embassy stresses on legal Gulf immigration

As bodies pile up, Indian embassy stresses on legal Gulf immigration

HYDERABAD: The issue of bodies of Indians rotting in morgues in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries has opened another can of worms -the extent of human trafficking, especially from Hyderabad and Telegana districts there. When TOI, in its edition dated December 12, highlighted the issue Indians, particularly those from the Telugu states, put up […]

Indian pleads guilty for H-1B visa fraud in US

Indian pleads guilty for H-1B visa fraud in US

WASHINGTON: A 32-year-old Indian-origin immigration manager for an IT company has pleaded guilty for committing H-1B visa fraud in the US. Hari Karne, who hails from Hyderabad, faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a US $250,000 fine if convicted. According to federal prosecutors, Karne’s conspirators recruited foreign workers with purported […]

Trump says will investigate visa abuses; Indian workers may face tough scrutiny

Trump says will investigate visa abuses; Indian workers may face tough scrutiny

US president-elect Donald Trump has said that one of his first executive orders after assuming office would be to order investigation into all visas abuses that undermine jobs for the American worker, indicating that foreigner workers, including Indians, may face tough scrutiny under his administration. While Trump did not identify or name any particular visa […]

Immigration Seminar: “Mass Deportations Unlikely under Donald Trump”

Immigration Seminar:  “Mass Deportations Unlikely under Donald Trump”

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: The unexpected election of Donald Trump has exacerbated tensions felt among South Asians, who are dealing with complex paperwork processes associated with obtaining a green card and permanent citizenship. Trump has talked about building a wall to keep out Mexican illegals, mass deportation of undocumented workers, and putting barriers against outsourcing. […]

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