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Legislation in US Congress to protect work authorisation of H1B spouses

Legislation in US Congress to protect work authorisation of H1B spouses

By Lalit K Jha  WASHINGTON: A legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorisation of spouses of H1-B visa holders, which include Indians, has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who said that eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete against American businesses. H-4 […]

H-1B: Trump’s latest visa proposal and its impact on India

H-1B: Trump’s latest visa proposal and its impact on India

After facing a huge backlash from the top US lawmakers and leaders of the corporate sector, Trump administration has assured that the Americans would get an opportunity to respond to its proposal of revoking work authorization to H-4 spouse visas. The Donald Trump administration has been tightening the H-1B visas rules, which allow foreign workers to […]

Band, baaja, baarat smoothens entry in US for Indian spouses

Band, baaja, baarat smoothens entry in US for Indian spouses

MUMBAI: A big fat Indian wedding invariably convinces US consulate officials in India that the marriage was genuine and the bride was not angling for a US green card. Kavita Dixit (name changed), whose wedding was conducted on a much smaller scale as a matter of choice, found herself facing strange questions. Marriage to a […]

People legally waiting for US migration to be admitted soon: Donald Trump

People legally waiting for US migration to be admitted soon: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump  has said “millions of people” who are waiting for legal immigration to America will be admitted soon. Addressing an election rally in North Carolina  on Friday, Trump said he wants “a strong border”.     Click here to read more… Credit: economictimes.indiatimes.com

UK set to double health surcharge from Dec for non-EU citizens, Indians

UK set to double health surcharge from Dec for non-EU citizens, Indians

LONDON: The UK government is all set to double the immigration health surcharge (IHS) from December, which will increase the overall visa fees for the citizens, students, professionals and family members from the non-European Union countries, including India.  The IHS, introduced in April 2015, will rise from 200 pounds to 400 pounds per year, with […]

Sponsoring green card for parents to get tougher

Sponsoring green card for parents to get tougher

MUMBAI: A draft proposal of the Trump administration dealing with “public charge” is heavily skewed in favour of the wealthy when it comes to issuing green cards to those already in the United States. Contrary to popular perception, several Indians, especially the parents of US citizens, would be adversely impacted.  The proposal makes it mandatory […]

Immigration Policies Weigh on Indian Workers Seeking Green Cards

Immigration Policies Weigh on Indian Workers Seeking Green Cards

By Laura D. Francis Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mainly from India, may never get their green cards. Now some are losing their temporary work visas while waiting. That’s not just bad news for the workers. It also affects employers, mostly in high-tech industries, who say they have demonstrated they need high-skilled foreign workers. The situation […]

Indian women to be most hit if US revokes H-4 work permit

Indian women to be most hit if US revokes H-4 work permit

WASHINGTON: Two powerful Democratic women senators have urged the Trump administration not to go ahead with its decision to revoke authorisation to immigrants on H-4 work permit,  a majority of who are Indian-Americans, as doing so would impact about 100,000 women. H-4 EAD are issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family […]

Fraudsters who target Indians entering the US on work visas and green card are still very active

Fraudsters who target Indians entering the US on work visas and green card are still very active

On September 6, around 1.50 pm, a new immigrant to the US from India, who wishes to be identified as AS, received a call purportedly from the American emergency service 911. “My phone ID just showed ‘Emergency Number’. I picked it up, curious to know why they would call me. And my ordeal started,” AS […]

Apple, JP Morgan, Pepsi fear ‘harm’ from Donald Trump’s H-1B visa policy

Apple, JP Morgan, Pepsi fear ‘harm’ from Donald Trump’s H-1B visa policy

By Ben Brody Dozens of top US business leaders including Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon and Pepsico Inc.’s Indra Nooyi signed a letter expressing “serious concerns” about the Trump administration’s immigration policy changes and their potential to undermine economic growth.  The letter focused on recent changes in the area of […]

Immigrants from India Increasing at US-Mexico Border

Immigrants from India Increasing at US-Mexico Border

SAN FRANCISCO— Immigrants from India are becoming increasingly common at the U.S.-Mexico border. They are now the fifth-largest group after immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. While Indians still lag far behind Latin Americans, the number is rising. In fiscal year 2017, 2,227 Indians were apprehended trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. In the […]

Apple, JP Morgan, Pepsi fear ‘harm’ from Donald Trump’s H-1B visa policy

Apple, JP Morgan, Pepsi fear ‘harm’ from Donald Trump’s H-1B visa policy

Dozens of top US business leaders including Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon and Pepsico Inc.’s Indra Nooyi signed a letter expressing “serious concerns” about the Trump administration’s immigration policy changes and their potential to undermine economic growth.  The letter focused on recent changes in the area of high-skilled immigration. The […]

US eases rules for foreign students, lifts bar on STEM-OPT students at client work sites

US eases rules for foreign students, lifts bar on STEM-OPT students at client work sites

By Lubna Kably  MUMBAI: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its earlier stand that international STEM students  undergoing optional practical training ) cannot be placed at customer work sites. The USCIS  made changes on its website on Friday night removing these restrictions, but reiterated that employers need to meet their training obligations. In addition, in keeping […]

Over 21,000 Indians overstayed visas in US last year: Report

Over 21,000 Indians overstayed visas in US last year: Report

WASHINGTON: In the year 2017, more than 21,000 Indians who were supposed to leave the US at the end of their permissible limits overstayed their visas, as per the latest official report. While the percentage of Indians overstaying and not leaving the US after the expiry of their visas is not very high compared to […]

US stays policy to deport ‘out-of-status’ foreigners

US stays policy to deport ‘out-of-status’ foreigners

By Lubna Kably MUMBAI: Implementation of a recent policy that would have resulted in initiation of deportation proceedings against foreign nationals who are out of status when their immigration applications (such as for H-1B extensions) are denied has been delayed.  The deadline for creation of the operational guidelines to issue notices to appear (NTA), which […]

Now, your visa hinges on your online profile too

Now, your visa hinges on your online profile too

By Lubna Kably Mind your step! These words have taken on a new meaning for globetrotting individuals who are also active on social media. Immigration and border security officials across several countries are keeping an eye on your social media trail and looking up your online profiles. This helps throw up inconsistencies in information submitted to […]

E-visa fee hike may hit India’s plan to double tourist arrivals in 3 years

E-visa fee hike may hit India’s plan to double tourist arrivals in 3 years

India’s plan to double foreign tourist arrivals to 20 million in three years could hit a speed bump with 60 per cent hike in e-visa fees, according to tour operators. Operators want the government to reverse the decision. A few days ago, the government increased e-visa fees, taking the travel industry by surprise. For most […]

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, […]

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