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Donald Trump Govt unveils new H-1B visa lottery rules effective 1 April; advanced degree holders top priority for US
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Donald Trump Govt unveils new H-1B visa lottery rules effective 1 April; advanced degree holders top priority for US

It's official. The Donald Trump administration, via the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced new rules favoring advanced US advanced degree holders filing H1B visas that go into effect 1 April and will be published in the US federal register Thursday. The revised scenario beginning this Spring recalibrates the educational qualification requirements of who (all) can be counted towards the regular, yearly stream of 65,000 visas in a move that will filter out more bachelor’s degree holders from the H1B program, raise the probability of more US Master's degree holders filling the first wave of total available slots which analysts sat will eventually squeeze incoming batches of H1B workers.

Proposed H1B visa rule will favour US Master's degree applicants: All you need to know from a 139-page DHS document
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Proposed H1B visa rule will favour US Master's degree applicants: All you need to know from a 139-page DHS document

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a 139 page document which sets out its plan to change the H1B visa intake process and recalibrate the educational qualification requirements of who (all) can be counted towards the regular, yearly stream of 65,000 visas in a move that will filter out more bachelor’s degree holders from the H1B program, raise the probability of more Master's degree holders filling the first available slots and eventually squeezing the total pool of H1Bs.

Donald Trump, angry and nervous after midterm jolt, mulls wide-ranging White House shake-up
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Donald Trump, angry and nervous after midterm jolt, mulls wide-ranging White House shake-up

US President Donald Trump, said to be furious over midterm election results and nervous about the Mueller probe, is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

H1B and H4 visa feature in Donald Trump admin's Fall 2018 regulatory agenda as US midterm elections loom: All you need to know
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H1B and H4 visa feature in Donald Trump admin's Fall 2018 regulatory agenda as US midterm elections loom: All you need to know

Reports today of the Donald Trump administration planning to “revise the definition of specialty occupations under H1B visas” is better understood a notice of intent to put an official stamp on what is already par for the course in the H1B ecosystem in the United States.

US jobs, pay growing at fastest pace in 9 years, unemployment at 18-year low despite Donald Trump Govt's ongoing trade conflicts
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US jobs, pay growing at fastest pace in 9 years, unemployment at 18-year low despite Donald Trump Govt's ongoing trade conflicts

The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years — evidence that employers remain confident despite the Donald Trump administration's ongoing conflicts with its trading partners.

Despatches from an H1B wasteland amid India-US 2+2 talks: How a non-immigrant work permit has occupied frontlines of US politics
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Despatches from an H1B wasteland amid India-US 2+2 talks: How a non-immigrant work permit has occupied frontlines of US politics

Behind the present day backlash on H-1B visas are cold, hard numbers that say the H-1B cost advantage has vanished, especially if you add the cost of nuisance value which comes bundled with the H-1B process

New Yorker editor David Remnick cancels Steve Bannon invite after high profile dropouts and outrage; says he's 'changed his mind, there's a better way to do this'
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New Yorker editor David Remnick cancels Steve Bannon invite after high profile dropouts and outrage; says he's 'changed his mind, there's a better way to do this'

Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month. The former Donald Trump aide and ex-chairman of Breitbart News was supposed to be a featured guest during a prestigious gathering that over the years has drawn some of the world's most prominent artists and public figures

Donald Trump government siding with Asian American students suing Harvard: 'No American should be denied admission to school because of race'
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Donald Trump government siding with Asian American students suing Harvard: 'No American should be denied admission to school because of race'

The Justice Department on Thursday sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school's consideration of race in its admissions policy, the latest step in the Trump administration's effort to encourage race-neutral admissions practices.

Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans enough to push for legal fight as immigration takes centerstage in US midterms
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Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans enough to push for legal fight as immigration takes centerstage in US midterms

The U.S. Department of Justice is backing a 2014 lawsuit against Harvard University by Asian-American applicants, who say the Ivy League college unlawfully suppresses the number of Asians admitted. The DOJ also said last year it would investigate a May 2015 complaint filed against Harvard by a coalition of Asian-American groups.

Donald Trump seizes on college student Mollie Tibbetts' murder by illegal alien to rally base in midterm season; calls US immigration laws a 'disgrace'
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Donald Trump seizes on college student Mollie Tibbetts' murder by illegal alien to rally base in midterm season; calls US immigration laws a 'disgrace'

The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America's heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run. But the stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering her thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate and midterm elections.

H4 EAD: Donald Trump Govt, in court filing, confirms plan to revoke H1B spouses' work permit is in 'final clearance review' stage
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H4 EAD: Donald Trump Govt, in court filing, confirms plan to revoke H1B spouses' work permit is in 'final clearance review' stage

In a court filing dated 20 August, the US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the proposed rule to revoke H4 work permits - popularly called H4 EAD - is currently in "final clearance and review" process and senior most DHS folks are working out the fine print of the terms of approval.

US midterm elections 2018: Top data cruncher bullish on Democrats' edge, gives party 3 in 4 chance of taking House majority
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US midterm elections 2018: Top data cruncher bullish on Democrats' edge, gives party 3 in 4 chance of taking House majority

America’s best known data cruncher on elections Nate Silver is bullish on Democrats winning the House at the midterm elections 2018. FiveThirtyEight is giving Democrats a 3 in 4 chance of winning enough seats for a majority and it comes with a big caveat: “Relatively small shifts could allow Republicans to keep control of the House, or could turn a blue wave into a tsunami.”

US midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump predicts hardline immigration agenda will power Republicans to victory; says America will see a 'red wave'
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US midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump predicts hardline immigration agenda will power Republicans to victory; says America will see a 'red wave'

US president Donald Trump sharply accused congressional Democrats of allowing open borders and crime to fester, using a White House event on Monday to stoke a fall campaign fight over immigration and the U.S. southern border.

Donald Trump embraces racially tinged rhetoric in midterm election season, hoping for strong conservative turnout
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Donald Trump embraces racially tinged rhetoric in midterm election season, hoping for strong conservative turnout

Democrats are pinning their hopes of flipping control of Congress on mobilizing liberals and minorities, particularly black voters. And Republicans' best chance of holding off a Democratic wave is strong turnout among the conservative white voters who helped sweep Trump into office and often cheer his willingness to dive into hot-button issues with racial overtones.

In US midterm election season, Donald Trump economic fiction on 'record' GDP and jobs cites figures that don't exist
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In US midterm election season, Donald Trump economic fiction on 'record' GDP and jobs cites figures that don't exist

US President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don't exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment. He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the US that's not there and predicts a spectacular 5 percent annual growth rate in the current quarter that hardly any economist sees.

New Jersey's Sikh attorney general Gurbir Grewal faces 'turban man' slur before radio show hosts are kicked off air
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New Jersey's Sikh attorney general Gurbir Grewal faces 'turban man' slur before radio show hosts are kicked off air

The hosts of a popular New Jersey radio show were off the air Thursday after calling the nation's first Sikh attorney general "turban man" — the latest slur against a career prosecutor who says he faces countless "small indignities and humiliations" no matter how far he rises or how important his position.

The new normal of H1B extensions: 'Take the kitchen sink approach, prepare the best possible application', says immigration attorney Cyrus Mehta
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The new normal of H1B extensions: 'Take the kitchen sink approach, prepare the best possible application', says immigration attorney Cyrus Mehta

Leading US immigration attorney Cyrus Mehta is making a strong case for H1B workers to file extensions as early as possible and use premium processing for the same because the “new normal” of visa processing in America gives officers of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services extraordinary scope to slap denials and begin deportation proceedings without many of the interim processes involved earlier like a request for evidence (RFE), for instance. Yesterday’s worst case scenarios are today’s reality and denials of H1B extension requests have surged in the last 18 months.

H1B: New USCIS policy makes it easier to refuse visa applications without RFE; apply early but brace for headwinds, says top immigration lawyer Cyrus Mehta
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H1B: New USCIS policy makes it easier to refuse visa applications without RFE; apply early but brace for headwinds, says top immigration lawyer Cyrus Mehta

America’s top visa issuing authority the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has lobbed a new policy memo into circulation that makes it quick and easy for its officers to deny an application (including H1B) <em>without </em>first having to issue the typical request for evidence (RFE) or even a notice of intent to deny (NOID).

H1B, H4 visas: Microsoft could move jobs abroad if US immigration policies turn sour, top exec Brad Smith tells CNBC
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H1B, H4 visas: Microsoft could move jobs abroad if US immigration policies turn sour, top exec Brad Smith tells CNBC

Chief Legal Officer and President of Microsoft Brad Smith has warned in an interview with <em>CNBC</em> that the company may be forced to move jobs out of the US if decisions on worker visas by the Donald Trump administration push business in that direction.