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Activists hail proposed changes to spousal sponsorship rules

Activists hail proposed changes to spousal sponsorship rules

Women’s rights activists are hailing a commitment by Immigration Minister John McCallum to change spousal sponsorship rules they say unfairly penalize women and racial minorities. The changes would end the two-year waiting period imposed on some spouses and grant permanent resident status to all spouses on arrival in Canada, an immigration department spokesman said. The […]

Illegal Indian immigrants to suffer if Trump wins

Illegal Indian immigrants to suffer if Trump wins

Illegal Indian immigrants in the U.S. could be among the worst affected if Donald Trump implements harsh anti-immigration measures as the next President, says a recent study. A report from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Mexico, has concluded that one-third of all Asian illegal immigrants who were detected while attempting to enter the U.S., […]

UK immigration skills charge may hit Indian IT industry

UK immigration skills charge may hit Indian IT industry

Already reeling under pressure from the US government’s decision to hike visa fees for L1 and H1B categories, the Indian IT sector could be affected by the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommendations to the British government to introduce the immigration skills charge (ISC). In its report submitted to the government last month, MAC suggested that an […]

Illegal Indian immigrants to suffer if Trump wins

Illegal Indian immigrants to suffer if Trump wins

Illegal Indian immigrants in the U.S. could be among the worst affected if Donald Trump implements harsh anti-immigration measures as the next President, says a recent study. A report from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Mexico, has concluded that one-third of all Asian illegal immigrants who were detected while attempting to enter the U.S., […]

Indian doctors may be hit by new visa rules in UK

Indian doctors may be hit by new visa rules in UK

LONDON: Indian doctors in the UK may find it difficult to apply for jobs under the proposed changes to the country’s visa regime with plans to introduce a new test for the employers for ensuring European workers are given priority for skilled jobs. If employers wished to recruit a migrant from outside the settled workforce […]

US will look into India’s concerns on visa fee hike: Obama assures Modi

US will look into India’s concerns on visa fee hike: Obama assures Modi

U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his administration would soon look into India’s concerns over the recent move to increase visa fees, highly placed sources in the government told The Hindu. Mr. Modi had a telephonic conversation with Mr. Obama after the President signed into law, on December 18 last, the […]

H-2B Returning Workers Exempted from the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

H-2B Returning Workers Exempted from the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

Effective December 18, 2015, H-2B workers identified as “returning workers” are exempted from the fiscal year (FY) 2016 annual H-2B cap of 66,000 visas. See Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §214(g)(9)(a), 8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(9)(a), as revised by Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-113). A returning worker is defined as an H-2B worker who was previously counted against […]

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Obama Immigration Action Case

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review Obama Immigration Action Case

By Cynthia Liao  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The Supreme Court will decide whether President Obama can proceed with plans to defer deportation and provide work authorization to millions of individuals currently in the United States without lawful status. The Supreme Court […]

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants, Final Rule Posted

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants, Final Rule Posted

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations today to improve the programs serving the H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 nonimmigrant classifications and the EB-1 immigrant classification, and remove unnecessary hurdles that place such workers at a disadvantage when compared to similarly situated workers in other visa classifications. This final rule, posted to the […]

136 Immigration Law Experts Confirm President’s Executive Action is Constitutional

136 Immigration Law Experts Confirm President’s Executive Action is Constitutional

By Emily Neumann and Rahul Reddy Over 130 scholars and teachers of immigration law transmitted a letter to Congress in which they conclude that the President’s executive actions, including the expansion of DACA and establishment of DAPA, are legal exercises of “prosecutorial discretion.” Citing federal statutes, regulations, and historical precedent, the 136 law professors stated […]

Executive Action Brings Relief to Millions of Immigrants

Executive Action Brings Relief to Millions of Immigrants

Immigration Update from Willy, Nanayakkara, Rivera and Goins The President’s Executive Action announcement has finally come.  While the specifics of how the programs will be instituted have yet to be determined, the overview of each program has been announced.  The changes provided affect both undocumented immigrants and immigrants lawfully present, and the highlights of the […]

President Likely to Take Action on Immigration Before Year’s End

President Likely to Take Action on Immigration  Before Year’s End

  By   Rahul Reddy & Emily Neumann President Obama discussed immigration in an interview with “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, which aired on November 9, 2014. He again confirmed his intention to use his executive authority to act on immigration by the end of the year. Frustration with the lack of congressional action and […]

Obama Is Preparing To Make One Of The Boldest Moves Of His Presidency

Obama Is Preparing To Make One Of The Boldest Moves Of His Presidency

By the end of the summer, President Barack Obama will make what some activists and legal experts say could be the “boldest move” of his presidency as he prepares to move without Congress on immigration reform. The coming executive actions to change immigration policy could become the defining moment in a second term marred by congressional […]

EB-5 Alternatives: E and L Visas

EB-5 Alternatives: E and L Visas

By Melissa N. Salvador HOUSTON: So many have heard about the EB-5 program – invest $1M (or $500K) and you get a Green Card.  At least that’s the short of it.  The E and L visa classifications, on the contrary, are much more affordable options. The E visa is for treaty traders and treaty investors, […]

Liberal immigrations norms make Canada new destination for techies

Liberal immigrations norms make Canada new destination for techies

NEW DELHI: With US tech visas getting more difficult for Indians, Canada is the new destination. For Indian techie entrepreneurs and even venture capitalists, Canada is making it easier to make it their home. Canada’s immigration minister Chris Alexander told TOI in a conversation, “We are telling all brilliant young technology minds, ‘if you can […]

Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas

Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas

Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn’t last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained […]

H-1B Workers Targeted in Phone Scam from Phony USCIS Agents

H-1B Workers Targeted in Phone Scam from Phony USCIS Agents

By Sunita Sohrabji, India West In a latest scam targeting the Indian American community, temporary foreign workers from India and elsewhere are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be agents of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, who then demand thousands of dollars for alleged discrepancies in their processed visas. Alarmingly, the calls are coming […]

H-4 Dependent Spouses to Have Work Authorization

H-4 Dependent Spouses to Have Work Authorization

By Melissa N. Salvador HOUSTON: Employment authorization is permitted by the spouses of the principal beneficiaries in L-1 and E-1/E-2 nonimmigrant visa status. However, such a benefit has not been accorded to those who are the spouses of H-1B principal beneficiaries. Now the Obama administration is seeking to change that rule albeit solely to a […]

Indian-American appointed to key US treasury department post

Indian-American appointed to key US treasury department post

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American has been appointed to a key post in the US department of treasury. Jawahar Kaliani has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Application Services Delivery (ASD) at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), department of treasury. Taking over the job from tomorrow, Kaliani will lead the […]

US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

WASHINGTON: Aimed at attracting the world’s best and brightest, the US will soon come out with a series of policy initiatives and changes in the existing rules including allowing the spouses of H-1B visas to work in America. In a statement, the White House said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish […]