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This year, the H-1B visa will find fewer takers among India’s big IT companies

This year, the H-1B visa will find fewer takers among India’s big IT companies

The number of hoops companies have to jump through to bring foreign workers into the US is only growing under the Trump administration. And Indian IT firms are no longer up for the hassle. The pool of applicants for H-1B visas has been churned. Indian outsourcing companies are now scaling back while San Francisco Bay Area tech […]

New Immigration Draft Proposal May Be Beneficial For Indian Workers in U.S.

New Immigration Draft Proposal May Be Beneficial For Indian Workers in U.S.

Highly qualified young Indian American professionals who have applied for permanent residentship in the United States could have a better chance of receiving the green card if a new draft proposal for immigration goes through. The proposed changes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have negative repercussions on immigrants who seek any kind […]

H-1B visa application process to begin from Monday

H-1B visa application process to begin from Monday

WASHINGTON: The process of filing petitions for H-1B, considered as the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals, begins on Monday amidst unprecedented scrutiny by the Donald Trump administration. A strong indication is coming from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency which is responsible to process all H-1B visas, that there […]

Applicants from India for EB-visas may drop by 80 pc: CanAm

Applicants from India for EB-visas may drop by 80 pc: CanAm

MUMBAI: Applicants from India for EB- visas are expected to decline by up to 80 per cent if the US gives the go-ahead to hike the investment cap from USD 0.5 million now to USD 1.3 million later this year.  The employment-based fifth preference category (EB-5) visa is meant for high networth investors (HNIs) to […]

With 16 million, India tops world in number of migrants abroad

With 16 million, India tops world in number of migrants abroad

  UNITED NATIONS: Indian tops the world in the number of migrants sent abroad and more than half of the 16.59 million live in the Gulf region, according to a UN report. The 2017 International Migration Report released here on Monday showed that during this century’s period of rapid globalisation, the number of Indian migrants […]

H-1B visa: The procedural changes and 5 key challenges for India Inc

H-1B visa: The procedural changes and 5 key challenges for India Inc

MUMBAI: Even as the US Congress has not taken a final decision on the future of H-1B visas, newly-announced administrative changes relating to third-party H-1B visa petitions have left India Inc grappling with a multitude of challenges. Most IT companies in India (which corner a bulk of H-1B visas issued each year) work on an […]

As Trump seeks to tighten visa rules, Indian IT firms are spending freely to lobby US policymakers

As Trump seeks to tighten visa rules, Indian IT firms are spending freely to lobby US policymakers

Indian IT companies are the biggest beneficiaries of H-1B visas granted by the United States. As President Donald Trump threatens to tighten the United States’ immigration policies, Indian technology giants are lobbying harder than ever in Washington. In 2017, India’s second-largest information technology services company, Infosys, spent $2,00,000 on lobbying the US Congress, four times […]

Strict H-1B visa rule not to impact Indian IT companies: T V Mohandas Pai

Strict H-1B visa rule not to impact Indian IT companies: T V Mohandas Pai

  The recent move by the US to tighten H-1B visa approval is unlikely to have any significant impact on Indian IT companies compliant with laws, but could “hurt” bodyshops that misuse the system, industry veteran T V Mohandas Pai today said. Under the new policy, a company will have to go an extra mile […]

Trump government makes H-1B visa approval tougher, Indian IT firms to be hit

Trump government makes H-1B visa approval tougher, Indian IT firms to be hit

BENGALURU: The Trump administration’s new visa policy is expected to create an “indirect barrier” to technology companies that send engineers from India to work on US projects. It puts restrictions on a practice that the industry follows to keep cost low: hiring engineers, who hold H-1B visas, on short term from bodyshopping firms and deploying […]

Trump’s immigration framework to end green card backlog: White House

Trump’s immigration framework to end green card backlog: White House

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s immigration framework will end the diversity lottery visa to help reduce green card backlog of high-skilled workers, the White House said today amid growing demands by Indian H-1B visa holders to remove the per country-limit on its allotment. Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on H-1B […]

More Indians prefer US EB-5 visa route with assured migration, Green Card

More Indians prefer US EB-5 visa route with assured migration, Green Card

MUMBAI: A large number of Indians are queuing up to invest in businesses in the US through the EB-5 Investor Visa which assures migration with a quicker eligibility for acquiring the Green Card. In the past four years or so, the number of high networth individuals, corporate executives and businessmen opting for the EB-5 visas […]

Spouses of Indian and Chinese tech workers could be stripped of right to work in U.S.

Spouses of Indian and Chinese tech workers could be stripped of right to work in U.S.

By Brian Murphy WASHINGTON: Tens of thousands of foreign nationals living legally in the United States could soon lose government permission to earn a living while they are here. The Trump administration could end a program as soon as February that allows the spouses of legal foreign workers, mainly tech workers from India and China, […]

UK-India deal will mean criminals and illegal immigrants face swift removal under landmark deal

UK-India deal will mean criminals and illegal immigrants face swift removal under landmark deal

Britain has struck a new agreement with India to share criminal records info, fingerprints and intelligence. India is third in the table of countries whose citizens sneak into Britain illegally, close behind Pakistan and Bangladesh. Last year, about 6,000 Indian nationals were sent back for entering without the required visas. Click here to read more… […]

Trump administration’s ‘must list’ for immigrants: Love for US, skill, job, English

Trump administration’s ‘must list’ for immigrants: Love for US, skill, job, English

The Trump administration has no qualms admitting immigrants who are skilled, employed and can speak English, a top official has said, while giving insight into what its merit-based system would look like. Such individuals could be from any part of the world given that they fulfil the requirements, the official said. If such a policy is developed […]

Indian-Origin Man From UK Defrauded Of Rs. 2 Lakh Over Visa Extension

Indian-Origin Man From UK Defrauded Of Rs. 2 Lakh Over Visa Extension

A UK citizen of Indian origin was allegedly duped of Rs. 2 lakh by a woman who claimed that she would extend the victim’s visa. Police said that Jaspal Bansal had come to India in July on a personal visit and wanted to extend her visa by a month.   Click here to read more… Credit: ndtv.com

Donald Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

Donald Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

US President Donald Trump today pushed for a merit-based immigration system, saying he wants only those people who can help America become “strong and great again”. Trump has been calling for the merit-based immigration system, of which people from countries like India could be a major beneficiary, to reduce overall immigration to the US.  Click […]

Donald Trump drops H-1B visa plan that could get 750,000 Indians deported

Donald Trump drops H-1B visa plan that could get 750,000 Indians deported

WASHINGTON: In a relief for Indian techies, US authorities today said that the Trump administration is not considering any proposal that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the country.  The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) came days after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules that could lead […]

Ending extension of H-1B visas ‘bad policy’: US industry body

Ending extension of H-1B visas ‘bad policy’: US industry body

WASHINGTON: The move to end extension of H-1B visas+ would be “bad policy” and is contrary to the goals of a merit-based immigration system, the US Chamber of Commerce said on Saturday over the Trump administration’s reported plan that could result in self-deportation of around 700,000 Indians. The H-1B programme+ offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals […]

Trump’s immigration policy would have kept NYC suspect out of US: White House

Trump’s immigration policy would have kept NYC suspect out of US: White House

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said that the New York attack suspect would not have been allowed to come in the country if President Donald Trump’s immigration policy had been in place. “The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed, that the suspect was admitted to the United States after presenting a passport displaying […]

India, China slam Trump’s protectionist policies

India, China slam Trump’s protectionist policies

India and China today criticised US President Donald Trump’s protectionist measures and anti- immigration policies as the two neighbours sought common ground to push for globalisation and better trade ties. During his election campaign and after becoming president, Trump has made some sweeping changes to US trade and immigration policies and threatened to impose steep […]