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No change in H-1B visa system

No change in H-1B visa system

KOLKATA: Amid the H-1B visa row in India, the US government on Friday said there has been no change in law regarding the H-1B regime and the system continued to be as before.  Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for State for South Asia Thomas Vajda said no legislation has been passed so far on the particular […]

A Chinese has a better chance of getting US visa than an Indian

A Chinese has a better chance of getting US visa than an Indian

Does the US like the Chinese more than Indians? An Indian applying for a non-immigrant visas to enter the US is far less likely to get it than a Chinese applicant. Visa refusal rate for India is twice as much as for China. And while China’s visa refusal rate has gone down in the past […]

UK government told to accept high immigration or forget trade deal with India after Brexit

UK government told to accept high immigration or forget trade deal with India after Brexit

Britain will struggle to sign new free trade deals with economic powerhouses like India after Brexit unless it is willing to accept high levels of immigration from these countries into Britain. That’s according to Lord Bilimoria, co-founder of Cobra beer, and one of Britain’s most well-known entrepreneurs. Click here to read more Credit: businessinsider.com

US Immigration Fund targets to raise $125 mn from 250 Indian investors by 2018

US Immigration Fund targets to raise $125 mn from 250 Indian investors by 2018

Tapping in on the aspirations of high networth Indians to educate their children in the US, the US Immigration Fund (USIF), the largest fund raiser under the country’s employment-based preference category (EB-5) visa, has targeted to raise $125 million in foreign investments from 250 Indian investors by 2018. “This year we are set to raise […]

Protect India’s interests on H-1B visa issue: Swaraj to Tillerson

Protect India’s interests on H-1B visa issue: Swaraj to Tillerson

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday raised with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson the issue of H-1B visas, and said nothing should be done by the Trump administration may ‘adversely’ impact India’s interests…. Click here to read more… Credit: english.manoramaonline.com

Will President Trump’s immigration policies fuel NRI demand for Indian real estate?

Will President Trump’s immigration policies fuel NRI demand for Indian real estate?

With Donald Trump taking over as the President of the United States, there have been some notable changes that have impacted the Indian diaspora in the US, especially in terms of legal immigration reforms and the HR392 bill. The US’ legal immigration rules are such that Indians often have to wait for 10 years, for […]

India ‘very strongly’ raises H-1B visa issue with US: Suresh Prabhu

India ‘very strongly’ raises H-1B visa issue with US: Suresh Prabhu

India has “very strongly” raised the issue of H-1B and L1 visas with the US, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said today, asserting that the American economy will find it difficult to cope with the reality as it has been immensely benefited by Indian IT professionals. The US has tightened the norms for issuing the most […]

On Diwali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases: Sushma Swaraj

On Diwali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases: Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending, as she responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani nationals. To a request for a visa by a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin, whose father […]

Trump’s new immigration proposal favours young, high-skilled, well-qualified vs aged, infirm, and extended family

Trump’s new immigration proposal favours young, high-skilled, well-qualified vs aged, infirm, and extended family

WASHINGTON: Want to immigrate to the United States taking your high qualifications and considerable skills with you? You’ll be in luck under the new merit-based immigration system proposed by the Trump administration. Spouses and minor kids will be good to eventually join you, but if you want to bring your parents, adult children, uncles, aunts, […]

Illegal Indian immigrants in US: Many overstayed their tourist or student visas or are from broken marriages

Illegal Indian immigrants in US: Many overstayed their tourist or student visas or are from broken marriages

Chirayu Patel was filling out university applications when he found out that he was living illegally in the US. It made little sense to him — he remembers legally migrating from Ahmedabad to Chicago at the age of 11 when his father was granted a US work visa in 1994. However, when Patel applied to […]

After Kansas Shooting, Indian Widow Fights For Immigration Reform

After Kansas Shooting, Indian Widow Fights For Immigration Reform

Days after Indian immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a suspected hate crime in Olathe, Kansas, his widow Sunayana Dumala took to Facebook to ask the question that she believed was in every immigrant’s mind after the tragedy: “Do we belong here?” It was meant to be a philosophical query about Indian immigrants’ place in American society. […]

Trump Has Started a Brain Drain Back to India

Trump Has Started a Brain Drain Back to India

In 2005, two years after Sameer Sahay arrived in the United States from India to pursue an MBA, he was thrilled when an Oregon health care company hired him and agreed to sponsor his green card. His life as an American, he thought, had begun. Twelve years later, Sahay, now 50, is still a data […]

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 […]