Under the new system, only applications selected through the random selection process will be eligible to file the H-1B cap subject petitions. Through this new process, USCIS hopes to dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers.
Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker.
The cost of becoming a US citizen will soon see a 61% jump under a proposal the Trump administration contends reflects the true cost of the process. For marriage-based green cards filed within the United States, application fees would increase by 56%, from $1,760 to $2,750. The Federal Register is slated to announce the new chages on November 14, which would then be followed with a 30-day period of open public comment.
The latest statistics released by the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that 30,550 Indian students received a Tier 4 Study Visa for the year ending September 2019, up from nearly 18,730 the previous year.
Currently, there are about four million people waiting in line for family-sponsored Green Cards against a Congressional cap of 226,000 per annum. The largest number of 1.5 million wait list is from America's southern neighbour Mexico, followed by a distant India with 227,000 and China with nearly 180,000.
The going has been tough for techies working on IT projects onsite, especially since April 2017.
In an interview to PTI, Finnish employment minister Timo Harakka said that his government plans to reduce the time taken to grant work visas to just one to two weeks by next year. The move is aimed primarily at attracting more software professionals from countries like India, he said.
The number of Indian students studying in Australia has grown by 71% since 2014, to 107,673 students enrolled to study in 2018-19. There has been a 39% growth in the number of Indian student enrolments in Australia in 2019 over the previous year, according to an official. Indians are the second largest group of foreign students after the Chinese.
Trump administration is set to tighten norms for OPT, a programme used by foreign students to work in the US.
The changes may see the introduction of additional requirements to ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders.
According to H-1B petition statistics of the USCIS, 84.8 per cent of the total H-1B petitions processed and completed in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018-September 2019) were approved, as against 95.7 per cent of the total in Fiscal Year 2015 (October 2014-September 2015).
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India has been successful in convincing the US to a "large extent as actually if you look at the numbers, the number of HI-B visas has been going up in the last few years even though the total rejection rate has been coming down".
These Indians have either violated their visa norms or were illegal immigrants.
In 98.4% of the cases where the H-1B visa was denied, the employer chose not to file an appeal, said David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is based in Washington, DC.
For the 10th consecutive year, China remained the largest source of international students in the US in 2018-19 with 369,548 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and optional practical training (OPT) programmes, a 1.7 per cent increase from 2017-18; India was at second place with 202,014, an increase 2.9 per cent.
Ireland enables free access to the EU. Further, on acquiring Irish citizenship under the ‘Common Travel Area Agreement’ between Ireland and UK, individuals can live and work in the UK without requiring any further visa or work permit. This makes Ireland the only country in the world, whose citizens have free access to all EU countries and the UK.
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