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US IT Body, Cos sue USCIS for $350-m visa fee refund

ITServe Alliance and 3 US staffing firms claim the US agency charged excess fee for H-1B visas. The fee, the petition contends, should only be levied on initial visa applications and not for a change of status, which happens when the employee is already working in the US.

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  • The companies, led by outsourcing provider Kollasoft, were seeking to “stay the legal effects” of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) denial of 27 unique H-1B visa applications as it claimed those denials were based on illegal or ultra vires rules promulgated in a February 2018 policy memo issued by USCIS.

    In early 2018, President Donald Trump reportedly expressed a desire for more immigrants from Norway and fewer from countries such as Haiti, labeling the latter with an expletive. The POTUS has been pushing for immigrants to be kept out of the US, citing that they would be a strain on the nation. However, that is not the case, writes Noah Smith.

    The companies, led by outsourcing provider Kollasoft, were seeking to “stay the legal effects” of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ denial of 27 unique H1B visa applications as it claimed those denials were based on illegal or ultra vires rules promulgated in a February 2018 policy memo issued by USCIS.

    The UN health body said in a situation report published late Sunday that the risk was "very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level". In a footnote, the WHO said there had been an "error" in previous communications published on Thursday, Friday and Saturday which "incorrectly" said the global risk was "moderate".

    “I am a great example of, you know, an immigrant. Of course, I have created several jobs here in the US and I look forward to policies and opportunities to continue to make America that magnet of bringing top talent,” Mehrotra said.

    Immigration is important, H-1B visas are important and providing an environment that can continue to attract top talent from around the world to the United States, not just for studies but also to stay and contribute to the country for innovation and creating jobs is important, Kanpur born CEO of Micron Technology, Sanjay Mehrotra said.

    "I will not stay quiet because of such threats. I know who is behind it. Those belonging to BJP linked organisations speak about terror activities of other community, while there are terrorists within. Very carefully they conduct their activities," he said. Speaking to reporters here, Kumaraswamy said he would not be cowed down by such threats by right wing outfits.

    With AUM of Rs 30 lakh crore, LIC is the largest domestic institutional investor.

    Hyundai’s sales contracted 7.2% to about half a million vehicles in 2019. Sales could remain muted in the first quarter of 2020 as India transitions to stricter emission norms, but demand will likely recover in the second half, the company said.

    The collection, scheduled for an April release, mixes modern and traditional silhouettes with a nod towards athleisure and glamping.

    The fee hike by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the short-term work permits used by IT companies to send highly-skilled workers to the US, and Nasscom has opposed it in a submission to the immigration agency’s parent, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    There are 1,200 Indian medical students studying in Wuhan, the epicentre of new virus and many of them are expected to travel to India between January 25 and February 8, as Chinese New Year holiday season begins, officials said.

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