Articles by Nikhila Natarajan
Jun 11, 2018
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit in Singapore: What's the stuffing inside US-North Korea negotiation pie?While swooning anchors, harassed cameramen and the world’s leading foreign policy pundits scratching their heads about the historic Trump-Kim meeting pick Trump’s one liners to the bone, the meeting itself has gone from being about nukes to the political equivalent of a first date. And, nobody, except Donald Trump, knows what the negotiation pie is.
Jun 01, 2018
US issuing 15,000 more H2B visas after American companies complain about labour shortage this summerThe United States is running awfully short of seasonal non-agricultural labour in the warm summer months and is upping its supply of already existing yearly cap of 66,000 H2B visas by an additional 15,000 for temporary nonagricultural workers to close the gap somewhat for Fiscal Year 2018.
May 12, 2018
USCIS ramps up scrutiny of foreign workers in America; H4 EAD on its way out - it's officialThe Trump government on Friday confirmed that it is intensifying efforts to crack down on "fraud, abuse and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States." In a separate development, the Trump government has published in its Spring agenda that employment authorization for spouses of H1B workers is on its way out.
Apr 24, 2018
H4 EAD: USCIS chief signals it's end of the road for H4 work permits; tighter rules on H1B payscales coming soonChief of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Francis Cissna, in a three page letter dated April 4 to the US Senate Juiciary Committee, has confirmed it's the end of the road for H4 workers' employment authorisations in Donald Trump's administration. Calling the letter an "update" on USCIS' effort to ensuring integrity of the immigration system, Cissna goes into great detail on employment based immigration programs and the associated spouse visas.
Apr 23, 2018
H1B workers' spouses prepare for strong pushback as H4 work permit faces acid testSpouses of H1B workers monitoring the perilous situation of work permits - called H4 EAD - say they are “shaken” and “disappointed” by the latest signals from the Donald Trump administration but are also girding for a robust pushback if any change in policy does not factor feedback from spouses of H1B workers.
Apr 20, 2018
H1B spouses' work permits: USCIS chief Francis Cissna speaks up on H4 EAD in letter to US lawmakers; tough road aheadUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services chief Francis Cissna has responded to a letter from 15 influential US Congress lawmakers who requested the Trump administration to "reconsider" its plan to revoke work permits for spouses of H1B workers in America, suggesting that the writing is on the wall and that the public can comment during the typical 60 day notice period before any new rule becomes cast in stone.
Apr 18, 2018
USCIS tightens rules on US citizenship for children born outside AmericaThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services today tightened its rules on citizenship requirements for children born outside the country in cases when when at least one of the child's parents already has US citizenship. America's visa regulator USCIS made edits in existing policy and is now mandating that at least one parent should have been physically present in the US for at least 5 years in all cases of children born to a US citizen and a foreign citizen.
Apr 13, 2018
H1B workers' spouses on H4 visas 'shocked' at fallout of New York Times story on fate of work permitsThe New York Times tells the story of H4 dependent spouse through the experiences of a California resident who reveals details of her monthly mortgage payment - $ 4,800. It’s the only house mortgage payment that is mentioned in the entire NYT longform but that’s enough red meat for a country battling economic anxiety across many industries. The scathing reactions have set off alarm bells in the H4 community.
Apr 03, 2018
On H1B lottery day, Trump admin confirms hardline immigration legislation in the worksThe Trump administration is drafting a new “package” of hardline immigration legislation to “close all loopholes once and for all” likely including border security, family based and employment based immigration, senior White House officials said on the same day US President Trump railed against ‘caravans’ of illegal immigrants entering America’s porous borders.
Apr 02, 2018
Expect H1B ‘carnage’ but don’t be afraid to sue, says top immigration attorney Cyrus MehtaAce immigration attorney and expert on H1B matters Cyrus Mehta has waved a red flag hours before the new H1B filing rush begins Monday April 2 warning of the “same sort of H-1B carnage like last year” referring specifically to the methods which the USCIS is adopting to deny H1B applications - commonly referred to by a benign-sounding euphemism ‘Request For Evidence’.