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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 Oct 2018
US: Indian STEM students get 56% of job training slots
Indian students have grabbed most of the slots in optional practical training (OPT) under which they can work in the United States after getting their degrees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 Jun 2018
US: EB-2 Indian-immigrants to wait for 151-years for Green Card
Indians with advanced degrees may have to wait for 151 years for a Green Card which authorizes them to live and work in the US permanently.
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.
17 May 2018
Continue granting work-permit to H-4 visa-holders: US lawmakers to Trump
A bipartisan group of 130 US lawmakers from both the Republican and the Democratic parties urged the Trump administration to continue granting work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrant workers.
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 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.
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.
02 May 2018
Indian-American IT company fined for violating H-1B salary requirements
On Wednesday, an Indian-American IT company was asked to pay a fine of $173,044 in wages to 12 of its foreign employees, most of them Indian, for violating the H-1B visa programme's salary requirements.
25 Apr 2018
Indian IT companies experience 43% drop in H-1B visa approvals
Top seven Indian IT companies experienced a whopping 43% drop in their H-1B visa approvals between 2015 and 2017, a US think-tank report has said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 Mar 2018
90% of work-permits given to H-1B visa-holders' spouses are Indians
The United States has given work permits to over 71,000 spouses of H-1B visa holders, 90% of whom are Indians.
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.
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.