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Why over 17,000 Indians in the US may face deportation

Why over 17,000 Indians in the US may face deportation

Shashank Gupta (not his real name) is an IT professional in Kansas.  His father arrived in the US in 2006 on an H-1B work permit along with the family, and Gupta duly joined high school; later his parents applied for permanent residence (or the green card), which was unfortunately denied when his father lost his […]

Widow’s ordeal highlights struggles documented immigrants are also facing under Trump

Widow’s ordeal highlights struggles documented immigrants are also facing under Trump

While undocumented immigrants face an onslaught of draconian actions from President Donald Trump’s administration, they aren’t the only ones caught in a messy and somewhat impossible system — something one tragic hate crime has made abundantly clear. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old Indian national, was living and working in the United States when he was targeted and […]

After Trump Ends DACA, Indian And Asian Immigrants Face Possible Deportation

After Trump Ends DACA, Indian And Asian Immigrants Face Possible Deportation

Earlier this week, President Trump rescinded a popular Obama-era executive order that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program enjoyed broad support since its establishment five years ago. It allowed certain young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, through no fault of […]

India raises issue of new visa regulations with Hong Kong

India raises issue of new visa regulations with Hong Kong

The ministry of external affairs has taken up with Hong Kong the issue of an additional layer of security measure in the form of a pre-arrival registration for granting visas to Indian travelers which has caught many visitors unawares. Hong Kong is a major destination for Indians with over 4 lakh people travelling of Hong […]

DACA: All you need to know about the immigration program and how will it affect Indian-Americans

DACA: All you need to know about the immigration program and how will it affect Indian-Americans

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of scrapping Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program, has stirred nationwide protests. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the US would end the DACA program in March 2018 which will led to deportation of almost 800,000 people, Guardian reported. Click here to read more… Credit: indiatoday.intoday.in

Close to 8,000 Indian-Americans to be hit as Trump decides to end DACA immigration programme

Close to 8,000 Indian-Americans to be hit as Trump decides to end DACA immigration programme

US president Donald Trump is reported to be planing to end a popular and controversial Obama-era regulation that protected from deportation undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children and that has benefitted an estimated 800,000 people of whom close to 8,000 are from India. The announcement, which is likely on Tuesday, could include […]

Young Indian engineer leaves Silicon Valley to find success back in India

Young Indian engineer leaves Silicon Valley to find success back in India

Each year, tens of thousands of Indian students head to the U.S. in order to get a college degree, find a job and pursue the American Dream. But as India’s economy booms and the U.S. continues to tighten its immigration policies, many of these young Indian professionals are making their way back home instead. Natasha […]

Trump-backed, skill-linked immigration Bill may favour Indian applicants

Trump-backed, skill-linked immigration Bill may favour Indian applicants

President Donald Trump is championing a new piece of legislation that proposes to change America’s immigration system to give preference to skills than family links, but the fractious nature of the debate over the move suggests that it is far from becoming a law. Two Republican senators — Lindsey Graham and Ron Johnson — and […]

How the H1B visa programme is holding up under Donald Trump

How the H1B visa programme is holding up under Donald Trump

New York: Despite President Donald Trump’s frequent and public criticism of the H1B visa programme, new data released shows applicants are undeterred. The US government has received more than 300,000 H1B visa petitions and extensions so far this year, according to data released last on Wednesday by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, compared with a total […]

Batting for skilled Indian immigrants, US lawmaker calls for merit-based Green Card system

Batting for skilled Indian immigrants, US lawmaker calls for merit-based Green Card system

A top US politician has called for the implementation of a system that awards Green Cards or permanent residency in America based on merit rather than country-specific quota. Speaking on the floor of the US House of Representatives recently, Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder from Kansas said that over 700,000 high skilled immigrant workers from India […]

Over 64,000 people staying in Australia on expired visas

Over 64,000 people staying in Australia on expired visas

More than 64,000 people are living in Australia illegally after having overstayed their visas, 12,000 of them for over twenty years, the Immigration Department has revealed. The department captures the number of what it calls unlawful non-citizens on June 30 every year. Click here to read more… Credit: www.sbs.com.au

US resumes fast processing of some H1B visa applications

US resumes fast processing of some H1B visa applications

The US has announced resuming faster processing of H1B work visas, popular with Indian IT professionals, for high-skilled foreign professionals in categories exempt from Congress-mandated limit, which are mostly for higher education and scientific research institutions. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that […]

India-UK immigration treaty on the anvil

India-UK immigration treaty on the anvil

The range of immigration-related issues between India and the United Kingdom – including returning illegal migrants, extradition and visas – is to be addressed in a comprehensive agreement due to be signed in New Delhi later this year.  These issues were discussed by home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in a series of meetings with British interlocutors […]

India Is the Fastest-Growing Source of New Illegal Immigrants to the U.S.

India Is the Fastest-Growing Source of New Illegal Immigrants to the U.S.

By Karan Deep Singh Indians are one of the best-educated and best-paid groups of immigrants in the United States because the slice of the giant global desi diaspora which settles in the States tends to be populated by coders, doctors, engineers, executives and other high-skilled workers that arrive with work visas. There is, however, a growing […]

Indians applying for Green Card have 12-year waiting list

Indians applying for Green Card have 12-year waiting list

There is a lengthy 12-year waiting period for Indians applying for permanent residency also known as Green Card in the US as skilled employees, according to a new report.  However, India is also among the top countries whose residents get Green Cards every year.  Click here to read more… Credit: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Visa row: Infosys reaches $1mn settlement with NY state

Visa row: Infosys reaches $1mn settlement with NY state

NEW YORK: Infosys has reached a settlement for USD 1 million with the state of New York for “systematically abusing” the H1-B work visa programme, allegations that Infosys has denied. The development comes just days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting US President Donald Trump, where he is expected to take up the issue of […]

‘PM Modi must raise H-1B visa issue with Donald Trump’: Indians in US

‘PM Modi must raise H-1B visa issue with Donald Trump’: Indians in US

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi must raise the contentious H-1B visa issue besides defence cooperation and terrorism during his first bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump, members of the Indian community said here today. Modi, who arrived in the US capital today, was welcomed with loud cheers and applause by a group of people […]

Australia Announces Online Visa Application Facility For Indians

Australia Announces Online Visa Application Facility For Indians

The Australian government today announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting July 1. Australia’s Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said the online application option would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians. There has been a significant increase in […]

From July 1, no more departure cards for Indians going on foreign visits

From July 1, no more departure cards for Indians going on foreign visits

According to a notification issued by the ministry of external affairs, Indians flying abroad will no longer need to fill up departure (embarkation) cards from July 1.  This move will discontinue departure cards for Indian passengers at all international airports across the country. However, filling of departure cards will continue at rail, seaport and land […]

Push India’s case on visa curbs with US: Assocham to PM

Push India’s case on visa curbs with US: Assocham to PM

NEW DELHI: Industry association Assocham on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modito take up the tightening of H1B visa rules with US President Donald Trump during their meeting next week. The chamber said that the prime minister should push India’s case by highlighting that American corporations enjoy liberal market access in India while repatriating profits […]

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