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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.

Sunlight, heat, and humidity weakens coronavirus, says US official

24 Apr 2020

Sunlight, heat, and humidity weakens coronavirus, says US official

On Thursday, a US official said the deadly coronavirus weakens when exposed to sunlight, heat, and humidity, making way for hopes that the pandemic might come to an end in summer months.

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.

Firefox affected by critical flaw, update it immediately

11 Jan 2020

Firefox affected by critical flaw, update it immediately

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised alarms over a critical vulnerability plaguing Mozilla Firefox.

Kailaasa: Here's what we know about Nithyananda's new 'Hindu nation'

04 Dec 2019

Kailaasa: Here's what we know about Nithyananda's new 'Hindu nation'

Last month, it was reported that controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda has fled India on an expired passport, however, his whereabouts remained unknown.

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.

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.

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.

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: Sikhs distribute gift cards, Indian food to TSA employees

29 Jan 2019

US: Sikhs distribute gift cards, Indian food to TSA employees

The Sikh community of Indiana State in the US distributed Indian food and gift cards to the employees of the federal Transportation and Security Administration who haven't received their pay checks due to the partial government shutdown lasting for a record over 35 days.

Canadians buy US employees hundreds of pizzas as shutdown continues

14 Jan 2019

Canadians buy US employees hundreds of pizzas as shutdown continues

In a show of industry-wide support, Canadian air traffic controllers, over the past few days, have bought hundreds of pizzas for their cash-strapped American counterparts who are languishing as a result of the ongoing US government shutdown.

Five funniest episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory'

13 Jan 2019

Five funniest episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory'

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a The Big Bang Theory fan.

US government shutdown enters day 22, becomes longest in history

12 Jan 2019

US government shutdown enters day 22, becomes longest in history

The partial US government shutdown that began towards the end of last year has entered its 22nd day, making it the longest-ever US government shutdown in history.

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 government shutdown to drag on to 2019

28 Dec 2018

US government shutdown to drag on to 2019

It has been over six days since the US government partially shut down, and there seems to be no solution in sight.

Partial US government shutdown to last through Christmas

23 Dec 2018

Partial US government shutdown to last through Christmas

It seems like the partial US government shutdown is set to last through Christmas.

Chief of Staff Kelly to step down by year-end: Trump

09 Dec 2018

Chief of Staff Kelly to step down by year-end: Trump

US President Donald Trump yesterday said his Chief of Staff John Kelly would be leaving White House by the end of this year, the latest in the series of reshuffle in Trump administration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

50,000 Indians took US-citizenship in 2017; 4,000 more than 2016

19 Oct 2018

50,000 Indians took US-citizenship in 2017; 4,000 more than 2016

Over 50,000 Indians were granted American citizenship in 2017, 4,000 more than 2016, according to the latest official report.

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.

Vulnerability in Gmail feature could expose users' data

23 Jul 2018

Vulnerability in Gmail feature could expose users' data

Gmail is in the midst of a redesign drive involving addition of new features, but US officials are concerned about a vulnerability that could potentially expose personal data of the users.

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's spokeswoman booted out of eatery, restaurant explains why

24 Jun 2018

Trump's spokeswoman booted out of eatery, restaurant explains why

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was, on Saturday, asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works with Donald Trump.

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.