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  • H-1B visa: President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration bill could bring relief for Indian techies, IT firms Jan 21, 2021 10:31 PM IST

    H-1B visa: President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration bill could bring relief for Indian techies, IT firms

    One of the provisions of the bill was to provide US citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants, including 500,000 from India, in an eight-year time frame. But there was more in store for H-1B workers and students who would like to pursue education in the US.

  • Donald Trump admin announces final rule that will raise prevailing wage rates for H-1B workers Jan 14, 2021 02:14 PM IST

    Donald Trump admin announces final rule that will raise prevailing wage rates for H-1B workers

    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.

  • Explained: How will the new wage-based selection of H-1B petitions work? Jan 08, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Explained: How will the new wage-based selection of H-1B petitions work?

    Every year the US government issues 85,000 H-1B visas for skilled immigrant workers. However, the number of registrations far exceeds the quota.

  • How much will the recent US court judgement weigh on Biden administration’s move to revoke H-1B visa ban? Jan 06, 2021 05:58 PM IST

    How much will the recent US court judgement weigh on Biden administration’s move to revoke H-1B visa ban?

    Revoking proclamations would need the new government to provide a detailed reason for rescinding. The good news is that there is enough research data on the impact the proclamation had on the US economy.

  • COVID-19 and India's obsession with the H-1B visa Dec 29, 2020 02:37 PM IST

    COVID-19 and India's obsession with the H-1B visa

    While chances to travel overseas will come down there will still be opportunities for techies eyeing the US

  • Yet another win for Indian H-1B holders as appeals court reverses USCIS decision for visa denial Dec 20, 2020 09:43 AM IST

    Yet another win for Indian H-1B holders as appeals court reverses USCIS decision for visa denial

    The judgement was against the visa denial issued by the USCIS in 2017 for an Indian H-1B petitioner for the firm Innova Solutions.

  • US court denies USCIS motion to dismiss the H-1B spouses' employment authorisation renewal lawsuit Dec 16, 2020 10:26 PM IST

    US court denies USCIS motion to dismiss the H-1B spouses' employment authorisation renewal lawsuit

    These H4 visa holders are spouses of H-1B visa holders in the US and majority of them Indians. A group of 45 foreign nationals filed a lawsuit against the immigration agency for the same in the Northern District Court of California on November 3, 2020, for unreasonable delay in issuing H4 EAD renewals.

  • H1-B blues: Here's why some techies are looking to join GICs Dec 09, 2020 01:24 PM IST

    H1-B blues: Here's why some techies are looking to join GICs

    The challenging economic environment, US visa curbs and the disruption caused by Covid are pushing many a techie to look for work in the captive centres of multinational corporations. They may not get to travel overseas but the pay is good, as are the benefits and work projects

  • Will the US court rule against the tighter H-1B visa rule that comes into effect on December 7? Nov 25, 2020 04:37 PM IST

    Will the US court rule against the tighter H-1B visa rule that comes into effect on December 7?

    President-Elect Joe Biden could change it, but it might take a few months and might not be easy, immigration experts had earlier pointed out. Indians account for a larger share of the H-1B workforce and implementation of the rule would have a significant impact on them.

  • COVID-19 impact: US visas for Indian students drop by 64% in Oct 2019-Sept 2020 — the lowest since 2000 Nov 11, 2020 03:25 PM IST

    COVID-19 impact: US visas for Indian students drop by 64% in Oct 2019-Sept 2020 — the lowest since 2000

    Skilled worker visas like L-1 and H-1B, too, declined by 46% and 28%, respectively, in FY20 of US immigration calendar. The decline could be attributed to COVID-19, since visa offices were shut down for processing.

  • 46 tech majors like Amazon, Google support lawsuit against new H-1B visa rules Oct 31, 2020 12:20 PM IST

    46 tech majors like Amazon, Google support lawsuit against new H-1B visa rules

    The lawsuit against the new H-1B visa rules was filed by plaintiffs including the US Chamber of Commerce and 12 other organisations and universities in Northern California court recently.

  • Here's how the wage-based H-1B selection, instead of lottery system, could hit IT firms and aspirants Oct 30, 2020 04:06 PM IST

    Here's how the wage-based H-1B selection, instead of lottery system, could hit IT firms and aspirants

    The Department of Homeland Security proposal would impact smaller firms harder as they will find it difficult to hire from foreign campuses even for entry-level jobs. The proposal for a wage-based system is yet another attempt by the US to make securing H-1B jobs tougher at all levels. A majority of these workers are Indians.

  • Trump’s June 22 executive order suspending new visas cost Fortune 500 companies $100 billion: Brookings report Oct 21, 2020 02:52 PM IST

    Trump’s June 22 executive order suspending new visas cost Fortune 500 companies $100 billion: Brookings report

    The order banned the entry of temporary guest workers holding visas such as H-1B, and L-1 till December 31. This barred close to 2 lakh foreign workers and their dependents from entering the country.

  • US visa dependency needs to come down to combat regulatory changes: Infosys COO Oct 14, 2020 10:38 PM IST

    US visa dependency needs to come down to combat regulatory changes: Infosys COO

    Over the last three years, Infosys has increased its localisation efforts in the US. About 63 percent of the employees in the US are Americans, and it aims to recruit 12,000 more locals in the next two years

  • Trump’s new rules hike H-1B wages by up to 47% in some regions Oct 09, 2020 02:47 PM IST

    Trump’s new rules hike H-1B wages by up to 47% in some regions

    Lawsuits against the rule may, however, save India’s IT industry a big headache. The aim of the wage increase is to make it tough for companies to hire H-1B workers and instead encourage local hiring. Along with the wage hikes, the Trump administration had also announced a new rule that would make it harder to qualify for an H-1B visa.

  • Trump administration announces new rules that restrict H-1B visa in a blow to Indian tech workforce Oct 07, 2020 07:40 AM IST

    Trump administration announces new rules that restrict H-1B visa in a blow to Indian tech workforce

    H-1B visa news: The new rule intends to immediately ensure that employing H-1B workers will not worsen the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and adversely affect wages and working conditions of similarly employed the US workers.

  • US Election 2020: What happened in US immigration this week Oct 04, 2020 10:59 AM IST

    US Election 2020: What happened in US immigration this week

    Three key updates – two judgements against the Donald Trump administration, and expansion of premium processing of visas for more employment-based categories.

  • US court blocks Trump's H-1B visa ban, says exceeds presidential authority Oct 02, 2020 03:42 PM IST

    US court blocks Trump's H-1B visa ban, says exceeds presidential authority

    The lawsuit was filed by the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and other trade organistions in July against June 22 proclamation

  • H-1B and L-1 issue: Trump to appeal US court order blocking large parts of temporary work visa ban Oct 01, 2020 06:29 PM IST

    H-1B and L-1 issue: Trump to appeal US court order blocking large parts of temporary work visa ban

    In August, the Department of Homeland Security approved the final rule that increased the visa fee for immigrants across categories. This was later banned. But the USCIS argue that ban on mandatory fee hike is unprecedented and harmful to the American people.

  • Will the US move to train local workforce in H-1B skills change the Indian IT talent landscape? Sep 28, 2020 03:36 PM IST

    Will the US move to train local workforce in H-1B skills change the Indian IT talent landscape?

    The $150-million programme aims to upskill the workforce in the areas of information technology and cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing and transportation. Experts say there is no direct benefit to the IT sector as the programme plans to impart skills to the local workforce.

  • 3 Point Analysis | Proposed changes in H-1B visa wages: What does it mean for IT companies' salary costs? Sep 22, 2020 01:07 PM IST

    3 Point Analysis | Proposed changes in H-1B visa wages: What does it mean for IT companies' salary costs?

    Watch our 3 point analysis on how the proposed revisions to H-1B visa wages will affect Indian IT companies

  • Proposed changes in H-1B visa wages: What does it mean for IT services firms' salary cost? Sep 21, 2020 02:20 PM IST

    Proposed changes in H-1B visa wages: What does it mean for IT services firms' salary cost?

    If a Department of Labour proposal comes into force, IT firms will have to pay more for H-1B visa holders. Wages of H-1B1 and E-3 visa holders may also rise. Average H-1B wages have increased sharply over the last two years -- from $78,120 in FY17 to $90,730 in FY19.

  • US visa ban: 169 Indian H-1B holders, dependents to appeal against order Sep 17, 2020 01:37 PM IST

    US visa ban: 169 Indian H-1B holders, dependents to appeal against order

    This came after the order, signed on September 16 by Judge Amit P Mehta, rejected the claims of H-1B visa holders to suspend proclamation.

  • Here are the main lawsuits against the Trump administration that may make or break the fate of Indians working in the US Sep 14, 2020 02:54 PM IST

    Here are the main lawsuits against the Trump administration that may make or break the fate of Indians working in the US

    As on September 9, close to 105 multi-state lawsuits were filed against the Trump administration by Democrat and Republican attorney generals in the US. This is much higher, compared to the eight years of Obama.

  • H-1B visa approvals surge to highest in June quarter since Donald Trump took office Aug 21, 2020 09:26 AM IST

    H-1B visa approvals surge to highest in June quarter since Donald Trump took office

    Prior to the recent surge in visa approvals, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had shown that approval rates had dropped from an average 94 percent in fiscal year 2016 to around 85 percent in 2018-19.

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