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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.

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

07 Oct 2020

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.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration over international student visa rules

08 Jul 2020

Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration over international student visa rules

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday sued the Donald Trump administration in the United States over expelling foreign students if their classes go online due to the pandemic.

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.

Secret Service chief Alles is stepping down: White House

09 Apr 2019

Secret Service chief Alles is stepping down: White House

The head of the US Secret Service, which guards President Donald Trump and visiting heads of state, is stepping down, the White House said yesterday.

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.

Pentagon authorizes $1 billion to build part of Trump's border-wall

26 Mar 2019

Pentagon authorizes $1 billion to build part of Trump's border-wall

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said today that he had authorized $1 billion to build part of the wall sought by US President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

US: 70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to multi-million dollar immigration fraud

22 Feb 2019

US: 70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to multi-million dollar immigration fraud

A 70-year-old man of Indian-origin, Hardev Panesar, living in the US, has admitted to running a multi-million dollar immigration scam that is said to have duped over a 100 people.

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 to sign funding deal; will declare national emergency anyway

15 Feb 2019

Trump to sign funding deal; will declare national emergency anyway

On Thursday, the White House, in a press conference, announced that US President Donald Trump would sign a government funding bill to avert another government shutdown.

Indians arrested in 'pay-and-stay' scheme plead not guilty in US-court

05 Feb 2019

Indians arrested in 'pay-and-stay' scheme plead not guilty in US-court

The eight Indians, who were recently arrested for recruiting several hundred students mostly from India to stay illegally in the US by enrolling in a fake university, have pleaded "not guilty" before a federal court in Michigan.

Indian 'students', who enrolled in fake US university, return home

05 Feb 2019

Indian 'students', who enrolled in fake US university, return home

Days after the United States Homeland Security busted a 'pay-to-stay' scam and detained nearly 129 Indian students, several others who also enrolled in the fake university are returning home, reports HT.

129 Indian 'students' arrested in US 'pay-to-stay' visa scam

02 Feb 2019

129 Indian 'students' arrested in US 'pay-to-stay' visa scam

The US authorities have arrested 129 Indian 'students' for enrolling themselves in a fake university to extend their stay in the country.

US college scam: Hundreds of Indian students face deportation, jail

31 Jan 2019

US college scam: Hundreds of Indian students face deportation, jail

Hundreds of Indian students studying in the US could face deportation or even jail, after the arrest of eight men - all Indian or of Indian-origin - who had enrolled them in a fake university run by US undercover agents.

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: Since 2014, over 20,000 Indians have sought political asylum

01 Dec 2018

US: Since 2014, over 20,000 Indians have sought political asylum

More than 20,000 Indians, mostly men, have sought asylum in the US since 2014, according to the latest figures.

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.

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

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.

Hollywood legend Robert De Niro receives suspicious package

25 Oct 2018

Hollywood legend Robert De Niro receives suspicious package

On the back of suspicious packages containing bombs being sent to the Clintons, Obama, and others, a similar package has been sent to a restaurant owned by Hollywood legend Robert De Niro.

60,394 of 600,000 Indians received Green Cards in 2017: US

18 Oct 2018

60,394 of 600,000 Indians received Green Cards in 2017: US

Out of over 600,000 Indians waiting for the most sought-after Green Card, only 60,394 have received the legal permanent residency last year which allows them to live and work in the US, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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.

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

22 Sep 2018

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

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

Two Indians among 19 people arrested for entering US illegally

28 Aug 2018

Two Indians among 19 people arrested for entering US illegally

Two Indian nationals were among 19 people arrested by the United States border patrol officials in California for entering the country illegally by boat from Mexico.

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

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.

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.

Trump defends 'zero-tolerance-policy' towards immigration, urges Congress to change laws

20 Jun 2018

Trump defends 'zero-tolerance-policy' towards immigration, urges Congress to change laws

US President Donald Trump defended his administration's "zero-tolerance" policy towards immigration, blaming the opposition Democrats for the current mess.

'I'm all alone': Heart-wrenching cries of children intensify anti-Trump protest

19 Jun 2018

'I'm all alone': Heart-wrenching cries of children intensify anti-Trump protest

Amid the ongoing controversy on the US' child-separation policy, heart-wrenching audio has surfaced from a Customs and Border Protection facility.

At least 2,000 children separated from families at US-Mexico border

16 Jun 2018

At least 2,000 children separated from families at US-Mexico border

At least 2,000 children have been separated from their families or guardians who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border, since a policy allowing the same came into effect.

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.

US tightens visa rules to minimize overstay by foreign students

14 May 2018

US tightens visa rules to minimize overstay by foreign students

Late on Friday night, the Trump administration issued a draft policy seeking to tighten and enforce rules governing foreign college students who overstay their visa durations.

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.

Trump's H-1B changes may lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians

02 Jan 2018

Trump's H-1B changes may lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians

The Donald Trump administration is taking another step in its "Buy American, Hire American" initiative, possibly affecting 7,50,000 Indians.

Trump can't restrict 'start-up visas' to entrepreneurs, US court rules

04 Dec 2017

Trump can't restrict 'start-up visas' to entrepreneurs, US court rules

A US federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration can't delay an immigration rule that granted foreign entrepreneurs entry into the US to nurture their start-ups.

Indians second-highest recipients of US citizenship after Mexico

01 Dec 2017

Indians second-highest recipients of US citizenship after Mexico

Latest figures released by the US Department of Homeland Security reveal that 46,100 Indians were awarded US citizenship in 2016 (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016).

Trump administration introduces "extreme vetting" for some green cards

27 Aug 2017

Trump administration introduces "extreme vetting" for some green cards

As per reports, an in-person interview with the US immigration authorities will now be mandatory for certain applicants seeking green cards under the Trump regime.

Trump's proposal to block 'start-up visas' irks tech firms

11 Jul 2017

Trump's proposal to block 'start-up visas' irks tech firms

Towards the end of his administration, President Barack Obama finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule.

Trump unveils budget plans, sets to cut healthcare/social spending

23 May 2017

Trump unveils budget plans, sets to cut healthcare/social spending

US President Donald Trump is set to unveil his first full budget to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Court dismisses challenge to H-1B lottery system

30 Mar 2017

Court dismisses challenge to H-1B lottery system

A federal judge in Oregon dismissed a petition that sought to challenge the lottery system that determines successful applicants for H-1B visas.