H-1B

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US President Trump likely to suspend H-1B, other visas

21 Jun 2020

US President Trump likely to suspend H-1B, other visas

United States President Donald Trump will announce new restrictions on employment-based immigration visas in the next two days.

60-day grace period for H-1B visa holders, green card applicants

02 May 2020

60-day grace period for H-1B visa holders, green card applicants

The United States on Friday announced a grace period of 60 days to H-1B visa holders and green card applicants, who have been asked to produce various documents.

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.

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

31 Mar 2020

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.

Spouses of H-1B visa holders can continue working in US

10 Nov 2019

Spouses of H-1B visa holders can continue working in US

A United States court has refused to strike down an Obama-era visa regulation which permits the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work, albeit temporarily.

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.

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

02 May 2019

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.

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.

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.

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

17 Nov 2018

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.

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

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.

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.

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

14 Sep 2018

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.

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.

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.

Indians accounted for 75.6% of H-1B visas in 2017: US

08 May 2018

Indians accounted for 75.6% of H-1B visas in 2017: US

Technology professionals from India accounted for 74.2% of the total number of H-1B visas issued by the US in 2016 and the next year the figure rose to 75.6%, a government report titled "Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers" 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.

Stricter H-1B norms forces companies to mull other options

03 Apr 2018

Stricter H-1B norms forces companies to mull other options

The US' tighter restrictions on the H-1B visas, popular among highly skilled Indians looking to move abroad, have affected both applicants and prospective employers.

Amid unprecedented scrutiny, Trump administration begins H-1B visa application process

03 Apr 2018

Amid unprecedented scrutiny, Trump administration begins H-1B visa application process

The US has started accepting applications for H-1B visas, considered as the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals, amidst unprecedented scrutiny by the Trump administration.

Application for H-1B visas opens today: All you should know

02 Apr 2018

Application for H-1B visas opens today: All you should know

The toughest ever application process for the US' H-1B, considered the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals, begins today.

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 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.

US postpones curbs on H-1B spouses seeking employment

03 Mar 2018

US postpones curbs on H-1B spouses seeking employment

The implementation of a proposal to prevent spouses of H-1B visa-holders from getting employment in the US has been postponed from February to June 2018.

Indian firms to be hit after new H-1B visa rules

23 Feb 2018

Indian firms to be hit after new H-1B visa rules

US President Donald Trump's administration announced new H-1B visa rules, ahead of the filing season, expected from April 2.

Relief for Indians: US denies considering changing H-1B extension policy

09 Jan 2018

Relief for Indians: US denies considering changing H-1B extension policy

A week after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians, the US has denied them.

US' curb on H-1B visas a golden opportunity for India?

04 Jan 2018

US' curb on H-1B visas a golden opportunity for India?

The US' curb on H-1B visas might be bad news for Indians wishing to settle there, but it might turn out to be a golden opportunity for the Indian government.

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.

New restrictions to make H-1B visa regime tougher

25 Dec 2017

New restrictions to make H-1B visa regime tougher

Things are looking tough for Indian professionals planning to work in the US.

New H-1B rules: Indian spouses won't be able to work

16 Dec 2017

New H-1B rules: Indian spouses won't be able to work

In a jolt to Indian workers in the US, President Donald Trump's administration is considering to do away with Obama-era rule that allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US.

H-1B visa extension gets tougher under new Trump administration directive

26 Oct 2017

H-1B visa extension gets tougher under new Trump administration directive

The Trump administration has passed a new directive making it tougher for non-immigrant visas, including H-1B and L1, to be renewed. Such visas are popular among Indian techies.

US resumes premium processing of H-1B visas after five months

19 Sep 2017

US resumes premium processing of H-1B visas after five months

The US has resumed premium processing of H-1B visas subject to a cap of 65,000.

Swaraj rebuts Trump: India signed Paris Agreement out of belief

06 Jun 2017

Swaraj rebuts Trump: India signed Paris Agreement out of belief

Responding to Trump's accusation that India received billions of dollars to sign the Paris Agreement, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that the Agreement was "neither signed under pressure, nor money".

H-1B proposal: Exempt foreign PhD students in US from visa-limits

27 May 2017

H-1B proposal: Exempt foreign PhD students in US from visa-limits

A bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives seeking exemption for foreign-born holders of American PhDs from the limits of green cards and H-1B visas.

Disney sued for replacing American workers with Indians

15 Dec 2016

Disney sued for replacing American workers with Indians

Disney is being sued by a group of former IT employees in the US state of Florida.