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  • H-1B visa: What happened on immigration in US this week? Jan 10, 2021 11:45 AM IST

    H-1B visa: What happened on immigration in US this week?

    After extending the ban on skilled work visas like H-1B till March 2021, the Trump administration on January 8 published the final rule that ended the H-1B lottery process.

  • Will Donald Trump’s extension of the H-1B visa ban till March 2021 impact techies? Jan 01, 2021 04:08 PM IST

    Will Donald Trump’s extension of the H-1B visa ban till March 2021 impact techies?

    Immigration experts and H-1B visa aspirants expect the extension to have a minimal impact with Joe Biden set to take over as president, potential lawsuits, consulates operating with fewer staff and the increase in offshoring.

  • Will denial rates for fresh H-1B petitions fare better under Biden Administration? Dec 13, 2020 05:44 PM IST

    Will denial rates for fresh H-1B petitions fare better under Biden Administration?

    Though denial rates for fresh H-1B petitions have come down in FY20, it is still high compared to five years back, under Obama administration.

  • Indian tech companies have highest average H-1B visa denial rate at 21%: Report Dec 11, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    Indian tech companies have highest average H-1B visa denial rate at 21%: Report

    For comparison, US technology firms such as Facebook and Google saw only 1 percent denial, while Google had 3 percent denial and Amazon 7 percent

  • Newer companies like Netflix, Airbnb pay higher H-1B salaries: Report Dec 03, 2020 02:56 PM IST

    Newer companies like Netflix, Airbnb pay higher H-1B salaries: Report

    Average compensation at Netflix is $205,532, while Airbnb pays $168,306. This is higher than the average salaries of H-1B visa holders at Google and Apple, which pay $144,285 and $139,457, respectively

  • US proposes new rule to select H-1B visa applicants Oct 29, 2020 10:36 AM IST

    US proposes new rule to select H-1B visa applicants

    The new H-1B visa rules will give the American tech companies an edge over Indian IT firms as their wage levels are much higher than that of IT services companies.

  • Lawsuit challenges Donald Trump administration's new H-1B visa rules Oct 20, 2020 03:55 PM IST

    Lawsuit challenges Donald Trump administration's new H-1B visa rules

    The interim final rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security will narrow the definition of speciality occupation" as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system.

  • US Chambers of Commerce and NAM files lawsuit against recent H-1B regulations Oct 20, 2020 07:45 AM IST

    US Chambers of Commerce and NAM files lawsuit against recent H-1B regulations

    Early this month, in its interim final rule, the Department of Homeland Security announced to narrow the definition of specialty occupation as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system.

  • Second lawsuit challenging new H-1B rules to be filed in US court today Oct 19, 2020 12:44 PM IST

    Second lawsuit challenging new H-1B rules to be filed in US court today

    The case will focus on the possibly illegal manner in which the rules were rolled out, the faulty math and economic assumptions. The DOL and DHS have pointed out the increasing unemployment in the US as one of the reasons for implementing the rules. However experts said the reasoning is flawed

  • New H-1B visa rules likely to put pressure on margins for Indian IT firms as wages, restrictions increase Oct 07, 2020 05:08 PM IST

    New H-1B visa rules likely to put pressure on margins for Indian IT firms as wages, restrictions increase

    IT firms may now have to change their hiring and internal management practices. Increase in H-1B wages will bring downward pressure on margins as companies will not be able to pass on the higher cost to client visas. The US accounts for about 50-60 percent revenue for Indian IT firms.

  • Explainer: These two new rules could make it harder for Indian IT firms to employ H-1B workers in the US Oct 07, 2020 02:45 PM IST

    Explainer: These two new rules could make it harder for Indian IT firms to employ H-1B workers in the US

    One rule increases the wage levels of highly skilled workers such as H-1B workers and green card applicants. The other makes the criteria to qualify for an H-1B visa difficult for employers. Immigration experts feel the new rules could face legal challenges

  • H-1B visa holders now pin their hopes on the second lawsuit over their US entry Sep 08, 2020 02:24 PM IST

    H-1B visa holders now pin their hopes on the second lawsuit over their US entry

    The first suit was filed against US President Donald Trump’s June 22 order, banning the entry of non-immigrant foreign workers on visas like H-1B till the year-end. A US judge had rejected the arguments of the visa holders. The second suit will come up for hearing on Sept 11.

  • Relief for H-1B workers stuck in India as US consulates start issuing visas Aug 27, 2020 04:16 PM IST

    Relief for H-1B workers stuck in India as US consulates start issuing visas

    With the five US consulates in India starting to processing H-1B visas from August 17, many are heaving a sigh of relief. However, the new entry norms by US authorities have created some confusion for others.

  • US lawyers' association files lawsuit challenging US immigration visa fee hikes Aug 23, 2020 03:07 PM IST

    US lawyers' association files lawsuit challenging US immigration visa fee hikes

    The lawsuit has been filed against Chad Wolf, Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Joe Biden promises to reform H-1B visa system, eliminate country quota for Green Cards Aug 15, 2020 10:11 PM IST

    Joe Biden promises to reform H-1B visa system, eliminate country quota for Green Cards

    In a major policy document for Indian-Americans released on the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, the Biden Campaign also emphasised its support to the family-based immigration system and streamlining processing for religious worker visas.

  • US visa ban relaxation: Who will benefit and who won't? Aug 13, 2020 08:52 PM IST

    US visa ban relaxation: Who will benefit and who won't?

    The visa ban has not come as a surprise for many as it is election year and Trump and his party are riding on anti-immigration sentiments.

  • USA hikes H-1B visa fee by 21%, L visa fees hiked 75% Aug 02, 2020 11:58 AM IST

    USA hikes H-1B visa fee by 21%, L visa fees hiked 75%

    This increases comes even as the USCIS has appealed to the Congress for emergency funding of $1.2 billion following a sharp drop in visa processing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • US trade bodies file lawsuit against proclamation suspending new non-immigrant visas Jul 23, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    US trade bodies file lawsuit against proclamation suspending new non-immigrant visas

    In his proclamation last month, President Donald Trump banned the entry into the US of workers in several key non-immigrant visa categories, including the H-1B, arguing that they eat into American jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • US H-1B visa suspension: HCL Tech says move will have 'minimal impact' on operations Jul 17, 2020 02:00 PM IST

    US H-1B visa suspension: HCL Tech says move will have 'minimal impact' on operations

    Last month, US President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation to suspend issuing of H-1B visas -- popular among Indian IT professionals -- along with other foreign work visas for the rest of the year, aimed at helping millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the current economic crisis.

  • 174 Indian nationals file lawsuit against Donald Trump's proclamation on H-1B visa Jul 16, 2020 09:50 AM IST

    174 Indian nationals file lawsuit against Donald Trump's proclamation on H-1B visa

    The lawsuit seeks an order declaring restriction on issuing new H-1B or H4 visas or admitting new H-1B or H-4 visa holders as unlawful.

  • Assessing impact of US decision on blocking H-1B visas: MEA Jun 25, 2020 11:02 PM IST

    Assessing impact of US decision on blocking H-1B visas: MEA

    In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the most sought-after H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.

  • Trump’s visa ban | It's politics over economics Jun 24, 2020 08:19 AM IST

    Trump’s visa ban | It's politics over economics

    India, in all likelihood, will downplay this move of the Trump administration. It can only hope that the US will eventually take into account the long-term benefits of H-1B visa for its own competitiveness and technological superiority

  • 3-Point Analysis | H-1B visa ban: Are Indian IT firms ready with a plan B? Jun 23, 2020 08:35 PM IST

    3-Point Analysis | H-1B visa ban: Are Indian IT firms ready with a plan B?

    Moneycontrol's Sakshi Batra does a 3 Point Analysis to understand how the move will impact IT firms.

  • In Pics | Here are the visa categories affected by Donald Trump's new executive order Jun 23, 2020 05:05 PM IST

    In Pics | Here are the visa categories affected by Donald Trump's new executive order

    Trump said the move will benefit workers in America where job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic are at a record high.

  • US Congressmen urge Trump to revoke temporary suspension of H-1B visas Jun 23, 2020 08:25 AM IST

    US Congressmen urge Trump to revoke temporary suspension of H-1B visas

    They have introduced a bipartisan legislation, which they said would protect American workers and end the abuse of the H-1B programme

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