H1B VISA RULES
New US Bill seeks to end optional practical training
Close to 1.5 million foreign students were granted an OPT between 2004-2016, with over half of them working in STEM fields.
Rule to rescind H-1B spouse’s right to work coming in May
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Indian IT fears impact as US moves on new H-1B process
Indian companies are concerned that the process would be non-transparent and would favour US firms over them.
IT services growth to remain at 6-8% in dollar terms in FY20: Icra
Indian IT firms could also see higher wage bills and lower margins on account of increased onsite hiring.
Wealthy Indians may find it difficult to get US visa
The US issues about 10,000 EB-5 visas every year, with a country cap of 7.1% or 700 visas.
US company to pay USD 1.1 mn in back wages to H1B employees including Indians
In all, 594 H-1B employees will receive their back wages.
US lawmakers introduce legislation to protect H-4 visa workers
H-4 visa holders had obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration. Indian-Americans were a major beneficiary of this provision.
Revised US visa forms to ask most applicants to furnish 5-year social media history
Visa applicants headed to the United States will have to provide usernames of social media accounts.
Donald Trump to propose merit-based immigration system
The new plan involves overhauling the green card norms, giving preference to foreigners based on merit.
Higher US staff costs will hurt margins of IT companies
Crisil findings show that IT margins may contract by up to 80 basis points in FY20
US starts process to ban work permits for spouses
The US government on May 22 issued a notice for the proposed rule-making that will kick in public consultations to ban the H-4 EAD, a work visa programme for spouses of H-1B visa holders.
Donald Trump’s visa curbs hit growth of students seeking loans to go to US
Interest in going to the US has dipped considerably since Donald Trump came to power; instead loans to study in non-US markets grew at 20-30% in FY18. In the Obama era, loan disbursements to students travelling to US had grown 25-30%.
Indians in US scramble to get citizenship ahead of president polls
A little over 5.44 lakh foreign nationals became US citizens during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2018.
Explain H-1B delays & denials, US court orders immigration agency
USCIS will also have to provide explanations regarding the change in its rule that has adversely impacted IT service companies
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