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  • ‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News Apr 09, 2021 10:40 PM IST

    ‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News

    A surge of arrivals on the border has put nearly 20,000 migrant children in government custody — the largest number in recent memory — creating chaos and confusion as immigration authorities scramble to care for them, contact their parents and process them for release

  • New class action lawsuit against H4 processing delays brings hope to Indian H-1B spouses Mar 24, 2021 04:42 PM IST

    New class action lawsuit against H4 processing delays brings hope to Indian H-1B spouses

    The lawsuit alleges that close to 91,000 of them have lost jobs as the US immigration agency “stalled processing visa extension”. The lawsuit also highlights the plight of L-1 visa holders. Of the 1.25 lakh H-4 visas issued in the US in 2019, Indians accounted for over 1 lakh.

  • 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.

  • H-1B Visa: What happened in US immigration this week? Feb 07, 2021 12:02 PM IST

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

    USCIS opens the H-1B electronic registration process on March 9 till March 25 based on lottery. The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the implementation of the wage-based H-1B selection process till December 31.

  • USCIS rescinds memo that denied H-1B visa for computer-related occupations Feb 05, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    USCIS rescinds memo that denied H-1B visa for computer-related occupations

    The move came after the US appeals court ruled on December 16, 2020, that the USCIS used the said memo to deny H-1B petition in an 'arbitrary and capricious' manner for an employee at Innova Solutions.

  • H-1B visa: What happened in US immigration this week? Jan 31, 2021 12:52 PM IST

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

    Two decisions that made getting H-1B visas difficult have been put on hold for 60 days, awaiting review.

  • Fresh H-1B approval rates for Indian IT firms rise between July and September 2020: American think tank Jan 29, 2021 12:56 PM IST

    Fresh H-1B approval rates for Indian IT firms rise between July and September 2020: American think tank

    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.

  • New year starts on a good note for techies with ramp up in hiring and likely favourable H-1B regime Jan 24, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    New year starts on a good note for techies with ramp up in hiring and likely favourable H-1B regime

    With favourable H-1B visa regime in the offing under Joe Biden administration, ramp up in hiring by tech firms and salary increments, there is no good time to be a techie than now

  • What can Indian H-1B visa holders and aspirants expect as Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US President today? Jan 20, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    What can Indian H-1B visa holders and aspirants expect as Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US President today?

    After the wage hike rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented a final rule to strengthen H-1B visas with the focus on employer-employee relationships.

  • These two US rules on H-1B visa can hit Indian IT companies hard Jan 17, 2021 01:01 PM IST

    These two US rules on H-1B visa can hit Indian IT companies hard

    In a last-ditch attempt to push its anti-immigration agenda, the Trump administration last week reissued rules for wage hikes and H-1B visa programme.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why is the S386 bill making some Indian EB-5 green card seekers uneasy? Dec 14, 2020 04:12 PM IST

    Why is the S386 bill making some Indian EB-5 green card seekers uneasy?

    For those who have already invested, lobbying is the only option. Saran explained that there are close to 100 investors in their group, who are reaching out to Senators and local Congressmen, through calls, voice messages, emails and tweets.

  • 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.

  • H-1B visa: Latest developments this week on the US immigration front Dec 06, 2020 12:06 PM IST

    H-1B visa: Latest developments this week on the US immigration front

    New H-1B rule changes were rolled back, S386 bill that eliminates the country cap for employment-based category and lawsuit challenging optional practical training was blocked by US courts.

  • Good news for US Green Card aspirants: COVID-19 shortens the queue for  H-1B/L-1 visa holders Sep 25, 2020 04:13 PM IST

    Good news for US Green Card aspirants: COVID-19 shortens the queue for H-1B/L-1 visa holders

    There is a cap of 140,000 for employment-based Green Card with a per year with per country cap 7 percent. Indians are the largest beneficiaries of H-1B and L-1 visas and also one of the largest employment-based Green Card applicants in the US in the EB-2 (advanced degree holders) and EB-3 category.

  • Explained: Why the US move to collect an array of biometric data from those seeking American citizenship is worrying immigrant hopefuls Sep 11, 2020 04:49 PM IST

    Explained: Why the US move to collect an array of biometric data from those seeking American citizenship is worrying immigrant hopefuls

    The US government wants to widen biometric collection beyond fingerprints, photographs and signatures to include DNA, iris scans and voice and palm prints, among other things. It also wants to collect these data from more people, including employers and family members sponsoring an immigrant. And it wants to store these data even after an immigrant becomes a citizen. All this has raised huge concerns over the threat of continued surveillance and invasion of privacy.

  • Indian man arrested in the US for $21 million H-1B visa fraud Aug 21, 2020 03:44 PM IST

    Indian man arrested in the US for $21 million H-1B visa fraud

    An Indian national, Ashish Sawhney also allegedly attempted to naturalise as a US citizen by submitting an application containing false statements.

  • US election 2020: Uncertainties remain despite visa relaxations, reopening of H-1B lottery Aug 16, 2020 01:14 PM IST

    US election 2020: Uncertainties remain despite visa relaxations, reopening of H-1B lottery

    The US Consulates in India that were closed due to COVID-19 will start operations from August 17 across major cities. New applicants were selected for the second lottery and H-1B workers that check the new criteria can now enter the US.

  • 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.

  • US H-1B visa rules: NASSCOM 'cautiously optimistic' on latest relaxations Aug 13, 2020 02:47 PM IST

    US H-1B visa rules: NASSCOM 'cautiously optimistic' on latest relaxations

    While this is a welcome move, caveats guidance about seniority, unique and significant contributions that go along with the exceptions still allow a lot of leeway in interpretation of the new guidance, NASSCOM said.

  • A killjoy called S386 in the Indian Green Card dream Aug 06, 2020 03:57 PM IST

    A killjoy called S386 in the Indian Green Card dream

    US Senate blocks bill that would have cleared the backlog. Of the more than 5 lakh Indians in the Green Card queue, a majority has invested in homes and other assets. Since this is an election year, it is not known when the bill would be taken up again.

  • US federal, immigration agencies join hands to investigate potential H-1B abuse Aug 03, 2020 08:21 PM IST

    US federal, immigration agencies join hands to investigate potential H-1B abuse

    The pact allows the departments to share and access information about immigrant and non-immigrant petition records.

  • Indian IT firms not happy with H-1B ban despite decline in visa dependence, here is why Jul 19, 2020 01:01 PM IST

    Indian IT firms not happy with H-1B ban despite decline in visa dependence, here is why

    Indians continue to be one of the largest beneficiaries of 85,000 H-1B visas issued every year.

  • US visa ban | The worst is not yet over for H-1B visa holders Jul 05, 2020 02:00 PM IST

    US visa ban | The worst is not yet over for H-1B visa holders

    After temporary suspension of skilled non-immigrant visas such as H-1B, US administration's '2020 Spring Agenda' suggests there are more changes being planned.

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