H1B VISA RULES
US firms with H-1B staff have more chances of landing funds
US firms with H-1B staff file more patents, generating significant economic value, according to a working paper by researchers for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). A US based think tank said US tech startups that employ immigrant workers on H-1B visas have a higher chance of raising funds from venture capital firms.
US court refuses to strike down work permits for spouses of H1B visa workers
The judges found that the rule will cause more H–1B visa holders...
USCIS announces H-1B registration fee
The H-1B programme allows companies in the US to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that...
US tech companies play green card to hold on to talent
Eight out of the top 10 companies that applied for green cards for their employees in fiscal 2019 were US firms.
More Indians, including diaspora, heading to Ireland
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.
US tech firms get more H-1B visas in FY19
Seven US companies among top 10 recipients; TCS, Cognizant and TechM were others in the list. The top ten companies accounted for 12% of the 88324 H-1B visas issued in fiscal 2019.
Massive H-1B denial rates for Indian IT companies under Trump Admin, says report
According to the study on data received from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services by National Foundation for American Policy, denial rates for H-1B visas is the highest among major Indian IT companies (compared to US companies)- about 43% on average (Tech Mahindra, TCS, Infosys, Wipro) in 2019 thereby witnessing a 9-fold rise from 2015 .
A fourth of all new H-1B visa requests rejected
Cognizant saw over 60% of its initial applications rejected, followed by Capgemini, Accenture, Wipro and Infosys.
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 visas and visa extensions for continued employment) this year, showing that the demand for these work visas continues unabated.
60 US deans, CEOs write to Donald Trump to ease H-1B curbs
The letter said the US doesn't have the capacity to train enough people with required high-tech skills, and without a change in approach, this would hinder growth. In 2019, the US saw a 13.7% decline in international business school applications.
For US entry, the rich prefer EB5 over H-1B
EB5 visa puts investors who meet certain criteria on a fast track path to obtaining permanent residency in US.
Reprieve for spouses of H-1B visa holders
Ban on H-4 EAD visas unlikely to be enforced before spring 2020, US Dept of Justice tells court.
Decline in US visa approvals continues
The number of approved L-1A and L-1B visas stood at 71.9% in FY19, compared to 77.8% in FY18.
Why the US needs more of India’s and China’s best and brightest
Studies have found that allowing in more H-1B workers doesn’t hurt employment levels of native-born workers.
31 insurers, 26 TPAs seek to fix rates for surgical procedures
The General Insurance Council has formed a committee to prepare a preliminary list of commonly claimed surgeries. Over time, the committee hopes to make their rack rate list more comprehensive by adding more players.
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