Mar 04, 2021 04:17 PM IST
The H-1B visa, most-sought after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
- Feb 05, 2021 12:11 PM IST
On January 7, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced to do away with the traditional lottery system in deciding the successful applicants for the H-1B visas.
- Jan 29, 2021 12:56 PM IST
The increase is attributed mainly to US court rulings that rescinded two unfavourable memos of 2010 and 2018, which had resulted in increased rejection rates between October 2019 and March 2020.
- Jan 21, 2021 10:31 PM IST
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.
- Jan 14, 2021 02:14 PM IST
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.
- Jan 08, 2021 04:00 PM IST
Every year the US government issues 85,000 H-1B visas for skilled immigrant workers. However, the number of registrations far exceeds the quota.
- Jan 06, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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.
- Dec 29, 2020 02:37 PM IST
While chances to travel overseas will come down there will still be opportunities for techies eyeing the US
- Dec 20, 2020 09:43 AM IST
The judgement was against the visa denial issued by the USCIS in 2017 for an Indian H-1B petitioner for the firm Innova Solutions.
- Dec 16, 2020 10:26 PM IST
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.
- Dec 09, 2020 01:24 PM IST
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
- Nov 25, 2020 04:37 PM IST
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.
- Nov 11, 2020 03:25 PM IST
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.
- Oct 31, 2020 12:20 PM IST
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.
- Oct 30, 2020 04:06 PM IST
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.
- Oct 21, 2020 02:52 PM IST
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.
- Oct 14, 2020 10:38 PM IST
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
- Oct 09, 2020 02:47 PM IST
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.
- Oct 07, 2020 07:40 AM IST
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.
- Oct 04, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Three key updates – two judgements against the Donald Trump administration, and expansion of premium processing of visas for more employment-based categories.
- Oct 02, 2020 03:42 PM IST
The lawsuit was filed by the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and other trade organistions in July against June 22 proclamation
- Oct 01, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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.
- Sep 28, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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.
- Sep 22, 2020 01:07 PM IST
Watch our 3 point analysis on how the proposed revisions to H-1B visa wages will affect Indian IT companies
- Sep 21, 2020 02:20 PM IST
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.