Articles by Nikhila Natarajan
Nov 21, 2017
H1B workers must brace for heightened scrutiny as Trump Govt doubles down on complianceH1B shops in the US are in for heightened scrutiny as America’s top border control agency is recommending stricter methods to deal with wrongdoers and is keen to pursue even “unverified” reasons that lead to suspicion of below-the-radar abuse of non-immigrant work visas.
Nov 18, 2017
H1B workers' spouses on H4 visas at crossroads as big decision looms on work permitOn the other side of the Christmas hols is a long pending decision on whether spouses of H1B workers are eligible for emplyment in the US or not.
Nov 16, 2017
Nine out of ten Indians favour Narendra Modi in spite of demonetisation, shows survey by think tank Pew“No other major political figure in India approaches Modi’s level of public support” says a Pew Research poll out today citing public opinion cutting across age groups and particulalrly among 18-29 year olds.
Nov 10, 2017
Demonetisation: Jagdish Bhagwati delivers stinging rebuttal to Modi critics. Again“The mistake economists made is that they don’t talk to the people! They just talk to each other and rush in, you know…”, Bhagwati, the doyen of trade theorists with a reputation for skewering his enemies, said at Columbia University in New York.
Nov 10, 2017
Demonetisation success depends on how Govt identifies, taxes black money: Economist Pravin KrishnaNoted economist Pravin Krishna says the simplistic calculus of the total cash that has returned to the Indian banking system cannot become the basis to decide that demonetisation may have failed in sucking black money out of the system.
Nov 08, 2017
'For H1B workers, the uncertainty has never been worse': Cyrus MehtaTop immigration lawyer Cyrus Mehta joins us for a chat on the status of the H1B workers who find themselves in the swirling eye of a political storm that's still got three years to go before we know what next for America's world view on immigration.
Nov 03, 2017
St Stephen's Valson Thampu essays fresh storm with 'explosive' memoirWhy did Rev. Valson Thampu disrupt the quality criteria at St Stephen's College by championing the case for reservations for (Anglican) Christians (and SC, STs) for 50% of total seats? Thump, the first St Stephen's principal in the college's 136 year history to have written a memoir, spoke with Firstpost on this and 10 other issues that inform what he calls his "explosive" book - "On a stormy course - In the hot seat at St. Stephen's".
Oct 30, 2017
Beaten and bruised, the H1B visa survives a year on Planet TrumpWhat’s new in the first year of Trump is this - that the threat to the H1B worker and the visa is no longer about policy, this most painstakingly regulated work visa has become a successful pin up for the culture wars being ignited by Trump.
Oct 29, 2017
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in NY: “For India story to truly matter, 7 states and 200 districts must thrive”The India story is woefully incomplete until the seven North Eastern states and its 200 districts thrive, until its children are healthier and enjoy more robust education standards, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said in New York Saturday while making an energetic pitch for more equitable India growth path which does not reward only the Western and Southern states which are pulling away from other regions.
Oct 26, 2017
The H1B visa playbook on Planet Trump, before Suresh Prabhu meets US Commerce Secy Wilbur RossOf the ~4 million Indians in America, there’s one group that’s perennialy phobic - H1B workers. From the time this visa was born back in 1990 till date, five Presidents have reigned and countless bureaucrats have wielded power over this work visa’s exhaustive paperwork. It’s never been easy and as we speak, in 2017, it’s never been harder. Beaten and bruised, with nips and tucks on all flanks, the embattled H1B visa lives on with a thousand cuts. Here below, in chronological order, is a playbook of all the slings and arrows against the H1B visa after Trump’s ascent to America’s top job ( which includes the so called ‘lame duck’ phase of Obama’s Presidency after Trump’s election victory and before his formal crowning.)