Articles about US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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

13 Mar 2021

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to foreign workers on visas, like H-1B, due to three policy memoranda by the Trump administration that have now been rescinded.

Multimillion-dollar robocall scam dupes several in US: Details

23 Feb 2021

Multimillion-dollar robocall scam dupes several in US: Details

An overseas multimillion-dollar robocall scam by conspirators having Indian nationality has duped several citizens of the United States.

Biden fills key posts, India's "friend" named Secretary of State

24 Nov 2020

Biden fills key posts, India's "friend" named Secretary of State

Weeks after winning US elections, President-elect Joe Biden filled key positions in the cabinet, naming Antony Blinken as his Secretary of State.

2 lakh H-1B workers could lose legal status by June

29 Apr 2020

2 lakh H-1B workers could lose legal status by June

The coronavirus pandemic has presented an additional obstacle for guest workers in the United States.

US body asks Trump to suspend H-1B program amid layoffs

01 Apr 2020

US body asks Trump to suspend H-1B program amid layoffs

A United States workers' body has approached President Donald Trump demanding the suspension of this year's H-1B and H-2B visa programs.

Poor people can't legally immigrate to Trump's America anymore

13 Aug 2019

Poor people can't legally immigrate to Trump's America anymore

In what could cut legal immigration to the United States by half, the Trump administration said yesterday that those seeking public benefits could be denied green cards.

Indian techie denied H-1B visa; Silicon Valley firm sues government

17 May 2019

Indian techie denied H-1B visa; Silicon Valley firm sues government

An IT company based in Silicon Valley has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for denying an H-1B visa to an Indian techie.

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

06 Apr 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.

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

20 Mar 2019

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.

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

19 Mar 2019

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

19 Feb 2019

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.

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

11 Jan 2019

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.

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

01 Dec 2018

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.

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

01 Dec 2018

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.

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

26 Nov 2018

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: Indian STEM students get 56% of job training slots

30 Oct 2018

US: Indian STEM students get 56% of job training slots

Indian students have grabbed most of the slots in optional practical training (OPT) under which they can work in the United States after getting their degrees.

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

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.

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

16 Oct 2018

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.

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

13 Sep 2018

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.

US: Indian-origin people among 15 indicted in massive call-center scam

08 Sep 2018

US: Indian-origin people among 15 indicted in massive call-center scam

As many as 15 people, including Indian-origin, and five India-based businesses were indicted yesterday in the multimillion-dollar call center scam which defrauded thousands of US citizens of hundreds of millions of dollars.

US: Indian CEO of two IT companies arrested for visa-fraud

01 Sep 2018

US: Indian CEO of two IT companies arrested for visa-fraud

An Indian citizen, who was the CEO of two information technology companies in the US, has been arrested in connection with a multi-year visa fraud scheme involving forged and fraudulent documents to get visas such as H-1B for over 200 foreign workers.

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

31 Aug 2018

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.

Melania's parents become US citizens using Trump's hated 'chain migration'

10 Aug 2018

Melania's parents become US citizens using Trump's hated 'chain migration'

US President Donald Trump's Slovenian in-laws became US citizens yesterday through "chain migration", a program he has repeatedly denounced, in which adult American citizens can obtain citizenship for their relatives.

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

01 Aug 2018

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.

The most common types of US visas for Indians

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.

US: Over 20 Indian-origin persons sentenced in massive call-center scam

21 Jul 2018

US: Over 20 Indian-origin persons sentenced in massive call-center scam

Over 20 Indian-origin persons in the US have been sentenced for up to 20 years in prison for their involvement in a multimillion-dollar India-based call center scam, defrauding thousands of US citizens of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Indians relieved after US misses another H-4 notification deadline

03 Jul 2018

Indians relieved after US misses another H-4 notification deadline

The Donald Trump administration has failed yet again to issue a notification for revocation of H-4 visas on time, bringing relief to lakhs of Indians.

US: EB-2 Indian-immigrants to wait for 151-years for Green Card

16 Jun 2018

US: EB-2 Indian-immigrants to wait for 151-years for Green Card

Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait for 151 years for a Green Card which authorizes them to live and work in the US permanently.

US may rescind H4-rule on spouses of H-1B visa holders

15 Jun 2018

US may rescind H4-rule on spouses of H-1B visa holders

Trump administration has reconfirmed its intent to rescind the H-4 visa rule on employment authorization to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders, a proposal that could hit tens of thousands of Indian women in US.

The most common types of US visas for Indians

31 May 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.

US firms sue US immigration services over stringent H-1B rules

05 May 2018

US firms sue US immigration services over stringent H-1B rules

A group of US outsourcing and technology companies with extensive operations in India have sued the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over a recently issued policy memo which puts significant restrictions on H-1B workers.

US lawmakers, IT industry against ending work-permit to H-4 visa-holders

25 Apr 2018

US lawmakers, IT industry against ending work-permit to H-4 visa-holders

Influential lawmakers and representatives of the American IT industry, including Facebook, have opposed the Trump administration's proposed plan to withdraw work permits to H-4 visa holders, who are spouses of H-1B visa holders.

Indian IT companies experience 43% drop in H-1B visa approvals

25 Apr 2018

Indian IT companies experience 43% drop in H-1B visa approvals

Top seven Indian IT companies experienced a whopping 43% drop in their H-1B visa approvals between 2015 and 2017, a US think-tank report has said.

43% drop in H-1B applications this time, a historic low

13 Apr 2018

43% drop in H-1B applications this time, a historic low

Amid tightened norms by the US, the number of applications received for H-1B visas for the 2018 hiring cycle has reached a historic low.

US Immigration: Cap for H-1B visas reached for 2019

07 Apr 2018

US Immigration: Cap for H-1B visas reached for 2019

The Congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 for H-1B visas has been reached for the fiscal year 2019, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) latest statement.

H-1B application process begins tomorrow; 'zero-tolerance' even for minor errors

01 Apr 2018

H-1B application process begins tomorrow; 'zero-tolerance' even for minor errors

Amidst unprecedented scrutiny by the Trump administration, the process of filing petitions for H-1B, considered as the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals, begins tomorrow for the fiscal year 2019.

Multiple H1B applications would attract rejection: US warns foreign workers

30 Mar 2018

Multiple H1B applications would attract rejection: US warns foreign workers

Multiple H-1B applications will lead to rejection of the petitions, a federal American agency has warned foreign workers, days ahead of the initiation of filing process for the non-immigrant visa, popular among Indian techies.

H-1B visa changes: No place for Indians in Trump's America

24 Mar 2018

H-1B visa changes: No place for Indians in Trump's America

Donald Trump's new policy on H-1B visa rules will make it more difficult for tech giants to import Indians to the US for work.

H-1B visa application process to begin from April 2

21 Mar 2018

H-1B visa application process to begin from April 2

The H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2019 beginning October 1, 2018, will be accepted from April 2, a federal agency announced.

Indian man becomes first to lose naturalized citizenship under Trump

10 Jan 2018

Indian man becomes first to lose naturalized citizenship under Trump

Baljinder Singh, an Indian-origin man who hails from New Jersey, has become the first person to lose naturalized citizenship under the Trump presidency.