H-1B Visa: News

17 Sep 2023

United Sates

Will 'gut' H-1B visa program if elected president: Vivek Ramaswamy

Indian-American Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has pledged to end the H-1B visa program if he wins the 2024 presidential race.

Why Indians are suing US government for denying H-1B visas

At least 70 Indian nationals have reportedly filed a lawsuit against the United States (US) government for denying them H-1B visas.

28 Jun 2023


Canada announces new work permit for American H-1B visa holders

Canada on Tuesday announced it will establish an open work-permit stream for 10,000 H-1B visa holders in the United States (US), making it easier for foreigners to study and work in the country.

22 Jun 2023

Joe Biden

US may ease H-1B visa norms amid Modi's visit: Report 

United States (US) President Joe Biden's government would likely make it easier for Indians to live and work in the country, reported Reuters.

Will prioritize Indian visa applications: US ahead of Modi's visit

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, the United States (US) on Thursday said it is making a "huge push" to process as many visa applications in India as possible as a "top priority."

Spouses of H-1B workers can work in US, rules judge

In a huge relief to foreign workers, especially Indians, a United States (US) district judge ruled that the spouses of H-1B visa holders are eligible to work in the country.

Indian techies to benefit from US' new H-1B visa rules

In what could be a huge relief for many Indian techies based in the United States (US), the country is set to resume "domestic visa revalidation" in specific categories on a pilot basis, with the goal of expanding it in the coming years.

US reduces visa backlog; appointments for Indians at overseas embassies

To clear the piling backlog for visa appointments, the United States Embassy in India announced on Friday that people will now be able to seek appointments through other American embassies and consulates in select countries.

Reached yearly cap of 65,000 H-1B visas for 2023: US

A sufficient number of applications for granting 65,000 H-1B visas — which is the maximum limit for a year as mandated by Congress — had been received by the US for the fiscal year 2023, the US federal agency for immigration services informed on Tuesday.

H-1B visa registrations for FY23 to begin from March 1

The application process for the much sought-after H-1B visa for fiscal year 2023 will begin on March 1, said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

13 Mar 2021

Trump Administration

H-1B visas: US to reconsider objections raised during Trump regime

The Biden administration announced it is ready to reconsider objections or adverse decisions to foreign workers on visas, like H-1B, due to three policy memoranda by the Trump administration that have now been rescinded.

17 Nov 2020


In 2019-20, Indian students contributed $7.6 billion to US economy

Even though there was a decline of 4.4% in the total number of Indian students in the United States, their contribution to the economy of the powerful nation was nearly $7.6 billion, said a report titled Opens Doors 2020.

07 Oct 2020

Donald Trump

New stringent H-1B visa rules likely to affect Indian workers

The US government, led by President Donald Trump, announced significant changes in the H-1B visa program, heavily relied on by tech companies to hire skilled foreign workers.

18 Sep 2020

Donald Trump

Plea of 169 Indians against Trump's H-1B visa move rejected

A United States judge has turned down a plea by 169 Indians challenging President Donald Trump's decision to suspend H-1B visas till the end of this year, a move widely criticized by tech giants.

22 Aug 2020


US: Indian national arrested for $21 million H-1B visa fraud

An Indian national has been arrested in the United States for committing a $21 million visa fraud.

04 Aug 2020


Trump's new order on H-1B visa hiring setback for Indians

US President Donald Trump, a strong advocate of "America First," on Monday signed an executive order barring federal agencies from hiring foreign technology workers, mainly those on H-1B visas.

23 Jul 2020

US Senate

Green Card waitlist over 195 years for Indians: US Senator

An Indian national hoping for a Green Card would have to wait for over 195 years, said a top United States Senator.

23 Jun 2020

Donald Trump

Trump suspends H-1B, other visas, for the rest of 2020

United States President Donald Trump issued a proclamation, thereby suspending H-1B visas, hugely popular among Indian IT professionals, and other work visas for the rest of this year, just as his country deals with the massive impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

12 Jun 2020


Donald Trump mulling H-1B visa suspension amid rising unemployment

United States President Donald Trump could suspend a large number of work visas to protect the unemployed Americans in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

31 Mar 2020

White House

Coronavirus: Anticipating job loss, H-1B workers seek extension in US

With the global economy dwindling in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, professionals working on H-1B visas in the United States fear massive job cuts, hence, they have asked the administration to allow them to stay there for longer.

26 Jun 2019

Narendra Modi

US' Mike Pompeo comes to India, meets Narendra Modi

Amid strained trade ties between India and United States, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday night.

Is it getting difficult for H-1B holders to switch jobs

In the recent times, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been denying the approval of applications filed by a new employer on various grounds, thus making it difficult for the current H-1B visa holders to switch jobs in the US.

13 Apr 2019

Trump Administration

USCIS denied 32% of new H-1B applications in first quarter

The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a non-partisan think-tank, analyzed the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) database of the H-1B visas denied in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

USCIS has received 'sufficient number of applications' for H-1B visa

The USCIS, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, yesterday released a notification that it has reached the authority mandated 65,000 cap of H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2020.

23 Mar 2019

Donald Trump

Indians 'buying' green cards increased by 300% in 2 years

In an enormous leap, the number of Indians issued EB-5 visas in the US has gone up by three times in the last two years.

20 Mar 2019

Donald Trump

US to begin accepting H-1B petitions from next month

The US will start accepting applications for H-1B visas for the next fiscal year from April 1, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said yesterday and announced the launch of a new data hub to increase the transparency of the work visa program popular among Indian IT companies and professionals.

19 Mar 2019

Trump Administration

US to accept new H-1B visa petitions from 1 April

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be reportedly accepting new H-1B visa petitions for fiscal 2020 from 1 April. For these, the employment start date would be 1 October, reported American Bazaar.

Good news for Indians: US introduces 15-day H-1B visa processing

In what comes as good news for Indian professionals seeking to work in the US, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced last week that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B visa applications filed on or before December 21, 2018, starting Tuesday.

09 Feb 2019


US could lift per country green card limits: Details here

In what could turn out to be good news for Indian professionals, two identical bills backed by powerful legislators and companies like Google have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to end the per country limit for green cards.

11 Jan 2019

Donald Trump

Trump announces major H-1B changes, including path to citizenship

On Friday, US President Trump announced that major changes would be made to the H-1B visa program that is widely used by Indian IT professionals and Indian IT firms.

14 Dec 2018


US: Indian-techie, who assaulted sleeping-woman on flight, gets 9-years jail

A federal court in Detroit sentenced an Indian techie to nine years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting a sleeping woman on a plane.

01 Dec 2018

Trump Administration

US proposes changes to H-1B visas; favors highest-paid foreign workers

The Trump administration yesterday proposed major changes to the H-1B application process with the aim of awarding the visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers.

01 Dec 2018

Trump Administration

New H-1B rules proposed, might benefit some Indians

In yet another shake-up of H-1B visa rules, the Trump administration, on Friday proposed major changes to the H-1B application process.

26 Nov 2018

Donald Trump

H-1B visa: New system for visa application has been approved

April onwards, companies hiring foreigners to work in the US through the H-1B visa route will have to pre-register electronically for the annual H-1B lottery, and will then have to file 'full-fledged applications' for the winners.

US: Bill to protect work authorization of H-1B spouses introduced

A legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorization of spouses of H-1B visa holders, including Indians, has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who said that eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete against American businesses.

09 Nov 2018


Dramatic increase in number of H-1B visas being held up?

Claiming there has been a "dramatic increase" in the number of H-1B visas being held up, a coalition of American employers representing top IT companies has alleged that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is acting outside of its own regulations.

09 Nov 2018

Donald Trump

Trump wants H-1B visas in highly-skilled jobs, not outsourcing roles

The Donald Trump administration wants to make changes in the existing H-1B visa provisions so that it attracts highly skilled foreign workers, as opposed to what it has now evolved into as an "outsourcing" role, the White House yesterday.

03 Nov 2018


Indian-American arrested over H-1B visa fraud in Silicon Valley

A 46-year-old Indian-American was arrested yesterday morning in California on charges of H-1B visa fraud.

23 Oct 2018

New Jersey

TCS among top 10 firms to get certifications for H-1B

According to data from the US Department of Labor, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the only Indian company among the top 10 companies to have been awarded foreign labor certifications for H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018.

20 Oct 2018

North America

Only 10% of Indian applicants received Green Cards last year

Latest official figures released by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have revealed that a meagre 10% of Indian Green Card applicants received their Green Cards last year.

18 Oct 2018


Trump administration to propose major changes to H-1B visa rules

The Trump administration has said it is planning to "revise" the definition of employment and specialty occupations under the H-1B visas, a move which will have a detrimental impact on Indian IT companies and small and medium-sized contractual firms mostly owned by Indian-Americans.

16 Oct 2018

US Immigration Policy

Lawsuit against US immigration agency over shorter H-1B visa duration

An IT advocacy group representing more than 1,000 small IT companies mostly run by Indian-Americans has filed a lawsuit against the US immigration agency for issuing H-1B visas for durations shorter than three years.

22 Sep 2018

Trump Administration

H-4 visa work permits to be revoked, many Indian-Americans affected

The Trump administration is clamping down on H-4 visa holders.

US firm violates labor provisions, asked to pay $300,000 penalty

A US-based IT staffing company has been asked to pay over $300,000 (over Rs. 2cr) to 12 H-1B employees for paying them far below their salary and imposed a penalty of over $45,000 (Rs. 32L) for violating the labor provisions.

13 Sep 2018

US Immigration Policy

The US has found another way to deny H-1B visas

On Tuesday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a new rule that allows US authorities to reject visa applications, petitions, and requests over mistakes and missing documents without giving an applicant the chance to correct the error.

31 Aug 2018

Donald Trump

There is no change in H-1B visa policy: US official

There is no change in the US' H-1B visa policy which is currently undergoing a review to ensure that it does not disadvantage US workers or wages, a senior Trump Administration official has said.

25 Aug 2018


Apple, JPMorgan, Pepsi express concerns over Trump's H-1B policy

H-1B visas have been a touching topic ever since Donald Trump became the US President.

All unselected H-1B visa petitions for FY 2019 returned: US

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) yesterday said that it has returned all the unselected H-1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2019, beginning October 1 which were submitted to the agency in April.

01 Aug 2018


The most common types of US visas for Indians

The US is one of the world's most visited countries and anyone wishing to enter it must first obtain a visa.

31 Jul 2018

Donald Trump

Indian H-1B visa petitions are getting rejected more than ever

According to a report by an American non-profit body, there has been a marked increase in denial of H-1B visa petitions of Indians, as compared to people of other nationalities.

Rejected H-1B visas, wealthy Indians have found a 'golden' ticket

With increasing restrictions on H-1B visas, Indians' dreams of working in the US and eventually getting permanent residency have taken a blow.

03 Jul 2018

Donald Trump

End-of-American-dream: Indian techie returns after not getting paid, records video

The American dream may have lost its charm, at least this is what an Indian techie who makes videos for YouTube has said.