Nasscom questions legality of US immigration agency’s visa fee hike plan
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).
USCIS completes final testing of electronic H-1B registration process
Under the new system, only applications selected through the random sel...
US okayed more H-1B visas this year despite stricter scrutiny
The US has approved a higher number of H-1B applications (both for initial visa...
USCIS announces H-1B registration fee
The H-1B programme allows companies in the US to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. Over two-thirds of the recipients of this visa are Indian citizens.
23 per cent petitions seeking H1-B visas were denied in 2019: MEA
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).
H-1B premium processing starts from June 10
USCIS announced that the immigration agency will offer premium processing in a two-phased approach to better manage these requests.
Indian IT’s H-1B visa woes could worsen in 2020
US will bring a new system in April that requires cos to register in advance names of staff who need work permit.
Department of Homeland Security proposes $10 filing fee for new H-1B visa petitions
On 31st January, 2019, the DHS had published a final rule bringing in changes in how the H-1B visa application process is conducted.
June to heighten job worries for H-1B spouses
The Obama administration had introduced a rule known as H-4 EAD rule in May 2015, largely to help deal with a massive green card backlog for H-1B visa-holders.
US court stops adverse visa policy, gives relief to Indians
A US court has issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the US agencies from implementing a policy under which "unlawful presence" of international students is computed retroactively.
US restricts job options for international STEM students under OPT extension
International students are eligible for a 12 month optional practical training (OPT) under which they can work in the US.
USCIS reaches FY 2020 H-1B regular cap in five days, visa approvals to Indian IT down 49%
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers.
Spouses of H-1B visa holders sue US over H-4 extension delay
The delay has strained the finances of the applicants and their families, and adversely impacted their employers.
Companies need to keep a strong compliance profile for H-1B visas: Austin T Fragomen
Fragomen spoke about the challenges faced by Indian companies and professionals due to the Donald Trump Administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” policy.
10 per cent drop in H1B visa approvals in 2018: US authorities
The approval rate of H-1B declined from 93 per cent in 2017 to 85 per cent in 2018.
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