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  • US announces 1.5-year extension for some expiring immigrant work permits May 04, 2022 06:15 AM IST

    US announces 1.5-year extension for some expiring immigrant work permits

    The extension period of up to 180 days will automatically be extended to up to 540 days from the expiration date stated on the current EADs, the Department of Homeland Security said.

  • Legislation introduced in US Senate to reform and stop abuse of H-1B visa system Mar 03, 2022 09:52 AM IST

    Legislation introduced in US Senate to reform and stop abuse of H-1B visa system

    The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

  • United States reaches 65,000 H-1B visa cap for 2022: USCIS Mar 01, 2022 10:57 AM IST

    United States reaches 65,000 H-1B visa cap for 2022: USCIS

    The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

  • Foreigners taking jobs? Data shows drop in work visas doesn't benefit Americans: Report Feb 08, 2022 02:49 PM IST

    Foreigners taking jobs? Data shows drop in work visas doesn't benefit Americans: Report

    Openings due to scarcity of temporary high skilled workers did not pass on to American workers with similar qualifications, pointing to the US labour market’s reliance on temporary foreign workers

  • H-1B visa: US withdraws proposed rule, lottery-based system to continue Dec 22, 2021 01:02 PM IST

    H-1B visa: US withdraws proposed rule, lottery-based system to continue

    Technology firms use H-1B, a non-immigrant visa to hire thousands of employees every year from countries including India. The department of home land security says it intends to comply with the US District Court for the Northern District of California's decision vacating the H-1B Selection Final Rule.

  • Joe Biden administration settles for automatic job authorisation for spouses of H-1B visa holders Nov 12, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    Joe Biden administration settles for automatic job authorisation for spouses of H-1B visa holders

    The settlement in this regard was reached by the Department of Homeland Security in a class-action lawsuit, which was filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on behalf of immigrant spouses this summer.

  • Major victory for H-1B employers as USCIS qualifies market research analyst as speciality occupation Oct 29, 2021 07:37 AM IST

    Major victory for H-1B employers as USCIS qualifies market research analyst as speciality occupation

    Based on its prior interpretation of the Occupational Outlook Handbook a Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publication profiling hundreds of occupations in the US job market the USCIS was determining that market research analysts did not qualify as a "specialty occupation".

  • In boost for Indian IT, US to conduct rare 2nd lottery for H-1B applicants Jul 30, 2021 07:59 AM IST

    In boost for Indian IT, US to conduct rare 2nd lottery for H-1B applicants

    The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that a decision was taken after determining that the computerised draw of lots for H-1B visas conducted early this year did not give them enough number of Congressional mandated H-1B visas.

  • Indian talent moving to Canada due to outdated H-1B visa policy: US lawmakers Jul 15, 2021 07:48 AM IST

    Indian talent moving to Canada due to outdated H-1B visa policy: US lawmakers

    This is mainly because of the per-country quota on issuing employment-based green card or permanent residency, the experts said on Tuesday, urging the Congress to act fast to prevent the Indian talent from moving to Canada from the United States.

  • US agency allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications Jun 24, 2021 11:17 AM IST

    US agency allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

    The H-1B visa allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

  • US Chambers seeks to double H-1B quota Jun 22, 2021 08:59 AM IST

    US Chambers seeks to double H-1B quota

    The most sought-after H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

  • H1-B visa | Will COVID-19 third wave mar techies American dream? Jun 17, 2021 04:54 PM IST

    H1-B visa | Will COVID-19 third wave mar techies American dream?

    Indian H-1B visa holders waiting to travel to the US are unsure how 2021 will pan out amid the raging second wave of the pandemic

  • Explainer | What does the delay in H-1B wage hikes till Nov 2022 mean for Indian techies? May 13, 2021 05:32 PM IST

    Explainer | What does the delay in H-1B wage hikes till Nov 2022 mean for Indian techies?

    This is indeed a huge relief. Indians are the largest beneficiaries of the visa. In FY19, of the 1.8 lakh H-1B visa issues, Indians accounted for about 1.3 lakh.

  • As demand for techies increase, expiry of H-1B ban to benefit Indian IT and tech firms Apr 02, 2021 05:50 PM IST

    As demand for techies increase, expiry of H-1B ban to benefit Indian IT and tech firms

    Technology-related occupations account for about 56,000 of the 85,000 visas issued every year, according to a US report. The expiry of the ban has also coincided with the filing of fresh H-1B petitions, which started on April 1, 2021

  • Joe Biden expected to end Donald Trump ban on temporary foreign workers Mar 31, 2021 07:54 AM IST

    Joe Biden expected to end Donald Trump ban on temporary foreign workers

    The Democratic president has rolled back many of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies since taking office on Jan. 20 including last month revoking a proclamation that had blocked many applicants for permanent residency - known as a green card - from entering the United States.

  • USCIS completes H-1B lottery selection for FY22 Mar 31, 2021 07:24 AM IST

    USCIS completes H-1B lottery selection for FY22

    The selected petitioners can start filing applications from April 1, 2021. Every year the US issues 85,000 fresh H-1B visas.

  • US H-1B visa | Relief for techies, Indian IT firms as Joe Biden administration proposes 18-month delay for wage hike rule Mar 24, 2021 07:38 AM IST

    US H-1B visa | Relief for techies, Indian IT firms as Joe Biden administration proposes 18-month delay for wage hike rule

    The proposed delay, the statement said, will also give them the time to compute and validate prevailing wage data covering specific occupations and geographic areas, complete necessary system modifications and conduct public outreach.

  • H-1B ban: Computer jobs on the rise, continued visa restrictions can hurt businesses, says US policy think tank Mar 19, 2021 12:13 PM IST

    H-1B ban: Computer jobs on the rise, continued visa restrictions can hurt businesses, says US policy think tank

    The NFAP pointed out in its report that nearly 56,000 of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued every year are for computer-related jobs that are growing significantly of late. Indians corner a chunk of the H-1B visas.

  • President Joe Biden urged to rescind Trump-era ban on H-1B and other foreign work visas Mar 19, 2021 11:48 AM IST

    President Joe Biden urged to rescind Trump-era ban on H-1B and other foreign work visas

    In June 2020, Donald Trump instituted Proclamation 10052, halting the processing of non-immigrant H-1B, L-1, H-2B, and J-1 visas, based on the alleged potential risk to the labour market.

  • US H-1B visa: Registration for FY22 begins today; all you need to know Mar 09, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    US H-1B visa: Registration for FY22 begins today; all you need to know

    The registration window will be open till March 25. The selected registrants will be notified on March 31, 2021 and they can start filing the applications starting April 1, 2021.

  • Joe Biden administration 'undecided' on ending Donald Trump-era H-1B visa ban Mar 02, 2021 08:17 AM IST

    Joe Biden administration 'undecided' on ending Donald Trump-era H-1B visa ban

    In January, the then President Donald Trump had extended the ban on issuing of new H-1B visas till March 31 arguing that the country is having a very high unemployment rate and the US cannot afford to have more foreign workers.

  • What does Biden administration's immigration bill mean for Indian IT workers in US? Feb 19, 2021 09:28 PM IST

    What does Biden administration's immigration bill mean for Indian IT workers in US?

    Indians are one of the largest beneficiaries of the employment-based visa categories like H-1B and L-1. The bill addresses a few key issues that had made living in the US tough and uncertain for Indians over the last few years.

  • Indian IT industry body NASSCOM says US immigration bill helpful for tech firms and workers Feb 19, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    Indian IT industry body NASSCOM says US immigration bill helpful for tech firms and workers

    The bill aims to increase the green card quota, eliminate backlogs and help families of immigrants, but there are concerns about the provision that allows the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor to prioritise visa petitions on the basis of higher wages.

  • US immigration bill aims to eliminate visa backlogs, increase per country green card quota Feb 19, 2021 11:06 AM IST

    US immigration bill aims to eliminate visa backlogs, increase per country green card quota

    The bill has provisions that could benefit thousands of Indians in the US and many who are waiting to get their green cards.

  • US reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021 Feb 18, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    US reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021

    The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

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