H-1B Visa

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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.

US' Mike Pompeo comes to India, meets Narendra Modi

26 Jun 2019

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

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

13 Apr 2019

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

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.

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

23 Mar 2019

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.

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.

US could lift per country green card limits: Details here

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.

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

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.

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

09 Nov 2018

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.

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.

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

23 Oct 2018

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.

Only 10% of Indian applicants received Green Cards last year

20 Oct 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

31 Jul 2018

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

15 Jul 2018

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.

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

03 Jul 2018

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.

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.

Aruna Miller, second Indian-American in line to become US Congresswoman

25 Jun 2018

Aruna Miller, second Indian-American in line to become US Congresswoman

Indian-American Aruna Miller, seeking to enter the US House of Representatives from a Congressional seat in Maryland, has emerged as one of the top fundraisers, days ahead of the Democratic primary.

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.

Indian-American youths offer to fund Trump's wall for green cards

15 Jun 2018

Indian-American youths offer to fund Trump's wall for green cards

Hundreds of Indian-origin teenagers and young adults rallied in front of Capitol Hill to protest against more attention being given to illegal immigrants.

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.

Indians got 74.2% H-1B visas in 2017, China at 9%

08 May 2018

Indians got 74.2% H-1B visas in 2017, China at 9%

Recent trends in US' H-1B visas reveal India still remains their largest subscriber: in 2016, Indians made up 74.2% of the total visas issued, which increased to 75.6% in 2017.

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.