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  • According to data from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, more than 6,20,000 Indians students went abroad in 2018-19.

    In a big relief to Indian travellers stuck in the US in the wake of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, the US dept of state has announced that in view of numerous international flights that have been cancelled, travellers can apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for extensions to those visas.

    US Tech Workers, a non-profit which advocates more local hiring, has written to US President saying unemployment claims had gone up to 3 million in the previous week. “We urge you to pause the H-1B visa program that would bring in 85,000 workers this year and suspend the recently approved addition of additional 35,000 workers for the H-2B visa,” it said.

    People studying overseas and those on short trips abroad are returning to India ahead of time. Airlines aren’t sure about the impact of the visa curbs. Delta has announced a cut in New York-Mumbai services from five a week to four between April and October.

    Nasscom has requested the US Department of Homeland Service (DHS), the labor department and the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) for a 90-day grace period for professionals to depart the US following expiration of their H-1B/ L-1 visas.

    The move, necessitated by the Covid-19 virus outbreak will make it difficult for software exporters to send employees on projects and sales calls to the United States, which generates over two-thirds of the Indian IT industry’s revenue. The embassy has said that applicants could reschedule visa interviews once regular consular operations resume.

    On Sunday, Canada began accepting applications for its newly introduced Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, a scheme under which unemployed workers can get $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. This is also applicable to international students who pass the eligibility criteria.

    Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) from across the US has pledged over 2000+ rooms for stranded Indian students in the US as the campuses across the country are closed and stringent travel restrictions are in place.

    Annually, the US sets aside only 1.40 lakh green cards for employment-based applicants and there is a 7% per-country cap, though undistributed green cards can be added to this percentage on a firstcome, first-served basis.

    The US court for the District of Columbia invalidated what is known as the ‘Neufeld Memo’ used since 2010 by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish an employee-employer relationship, in order to delay or deny work permits to technology workers, a majority of whom are Indian nationals.

    Indian-American hoteliers have come forward to rescue the stranded Indian students in the US following implementation of lockdown measures in the country in response to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic, offering them free accommodation and free meals.

    Indiana (USA), Apr 09 (ANI): Indian students from Surat who are stranded in parts of US have appealed for help and evacuation to the Indian ...

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