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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 […]

Texas companies tie worker shortages to immigration fears

Texas companies tie worker shortages to immigration fears

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Though construction is in high demand in Texas’ booming capital city, Oscar Martinez’s drywall company is suddenly struggling. One-third of the approximately 20 employees Martinez uses to build new homes and commercial spaces have recently fled the state, spooked by a combination of a federal immigration crackdown by the Trump administration and a […]

Visa refused, NRI longs to see ailing father

Visa refused, NRI longs to see ailing father

CHANDIGARH: In times when a majority of people are looking to settle abroad for greener pastures, a British citizenwith roots in Nayagaon is trying to come back to India, but in vain. Such has been the plight of Birmingham resident Harry Dass that he was not able to see his father when he had suffered […]

Trump’s immigration stance unnerves Indian tech students

Trump’s immigration stance unnerves Indian tech students

After living with his parents for 24 years, Sai Kumar Kovouri decided to give up his life in India for a chance at the American dream. His plan? Get a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Missouri, then hopefully land a great tech job in California. Now he worries a drastic change […]

40% decline in US visas for Pakistanis; 28% increase for Indians: Report

40% decline in US visas for Pakistanis; 28% increase for Indians: Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has had a significant 40 per cent drop in the number of American visas granted to its nationals under the new Trump administration despite not being on the list of the US President’s travel ban countries. Interestingly, the number of non-immigrant US visas to Indians has increased by 28 per cent in March […]

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 […]

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