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Narayana Murthy: Indian IT companies act as immigration agents

Narayana Murthy: Indian IT companies act as immigration agents

HYDERABAD: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump now has an ally in India in the form of N R Narayana Murthy. Trump, who has been vehemently opposing outsourcing of US jobs to countries like India and China, among others, has found support from Infosys founder Murthy, who on Tuesday said that the Indian software industry has been […]

4,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in 2015: Report

4,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in 2015: Report

NEW DELHI: India has seen the fourth biggest outflow of high net worth individuals globally in 2015 with shifting of 4,000 millionaires overseas, says a report. According to a report by New World Wealth, some 4,000 uber-rich Indians have changed their domicile in 2015, while France saw the maximum outflow of millionaires with as many […]

Deported Pakistanis arrive home from Moscow

Deported Pakistanis arrive home from Moscow

KARACHI: As many as 81 Pakistani traders, who were earlier deported from Moscow, Russia, returned home, arriving in Karachi and Islamabad from Dubai, reports Geo TV. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the Foreign Office had directed the Russian Embassy to help release the stranded Pakistani traders’ in Russia. The spokesperson said that the […]

8,936 Pakistanis opt for foreign nationality between 2011 and 2015

8,936 Pakistanis opt for foreign nationality between 2011 and 2015

ISLAMABAD: Immigration trends show that 8,936 Pakistani nationals preferred Germany, Norway, United States and India to their Pakistani citizenship between 2011 and 2015 while 215 Indians, Afghans, Bengalis and Americans renounced their native citizenships and opted for the Pakistani citizenship during the period. According to a five-year (2011 to 2015) comparative data study of people […]

Indian students become Donald’s Trump card

Indian students become Donald’s Trump card

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s erratic pronouncements on everything under the sun included a sudden endorsement of the brand of the smart Indian student, whose success is largely premised on guest worker visa program that the renegade Republican frontrunner has pledged to scrub. “I think somebody that goes through years of college in this country we shouldn’t […]

Indian workers face deportation under new UK immigration law

Indian workers face deportation under new UK immigration law

LONDON: Thousands of Indians in the UK may get hit by a new law from next month under which they could be deported if their annual salary is below 35,000 pounds. The changes will affect professionals living and working in Britain on a Tier-2 visa who earn less than 35,000 pounds a year at the end of five years […]

ICE recovers stolen Indian artifacts from major auction house ahead of Asia Week New York

ICE recovers stolen Indian artifacts from major auction house ahead of Asia Week New York

NEW YORK : Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office seized two stolen Indian statues Friday, believed to be from the 8th and 10th centuries A.D. The artifacts were recovered from Christie’s auction house in New York City and are the result […]

New US visa rules for international students

New US visa rules for international students

NEW YORK: The United States federal government changed rules for non-immigrant student visas on Friday, saying that international students will now be eligible to stay for three years after finishing their degrees for training potentially leading to employment. Only students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from accredited higher education institutes […]

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 […]

Donald Trump Says He’s Changing on H-1B Visas

Donald Trump Says He’s Changing on H-1B Visas

Donald Trump, the front runner in the Republican presidential nominee race, has changed his stance on allowing highly-skilled migrant workers into the U.S., and changed it back again. In a debate hosted by Fox News in Detroit on Thursday, Mr. Trump said that the H-1B visas enable America to recruit and retain talent from overseas. A key part […]

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 […]