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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
H-4 visa work permits to be revoked, many Indian-Americans affected
The Trump administration is clamping down on H-4 visa holders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.