Donald Trump administration relaxes rules for H-1B visa holders, allows them to return to pre-ban jobs
This is the first relaxation of rules since Trump signed a proclamation on 22 June suspending the entry of non-immigrant visa categories like the H-1B and L1 visas till the end of the year
In a big jolt to Indian IT workers, Donald Trump signs order against hiring H-1B visa holders for federal contracts
The H-1B visa, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations
H-1B visas suspended: Donald Trump signs proclamation halting entry of workers on work visas, asks officials to move towards merit-based immigration
Moving to a merit-based immigration system, the White House said in a statement soon after Donald Trump issued a proclamation to temporarily suspend H-1B and other work visas till the end of the year. The Trump Administration will reform the immigration system to prioritise the highest-skilled workers and protect American jobs, it said.
By Tuesday, Donald Trump had ordered a 60-day halt in issuing green cards to prevent people from immigrating to the United States, backing away from his harder-edged plans to suspend guest-worker programmes after business groups erupted in anger at the prospect of losing labour from countries like India
Firstpost Explains: How Indians will benefit from US legislation to lift country-specific caps on green cards
Much to the delight of Indian professionals, US lawmakers on 10 July passed a bill to lift the current seven per cent country- cap for the issue of green cards.
Donald Trump govt to ban work permits for spouses of H-1B holders: Move will impact not just Indian techies but also US economy
India-based global IT Services companies do not take the majority of new H-1B visas, contrary to prevalent rhetoric
The immigration reform proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from the existing nearly 12 percent to 57 percent.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise
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
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.
India-US 2+2 talks: Good to see Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman at fore but issue of women's representation lingers
Certainly, the lack of adequate representation of women from much of our politics is not because of a lack of talent.
India and the United States last week held their maiden 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi. Primarily being a strategic dialogue, trade-related issues were also discussed
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
The dialogue is a good chance to take stock of the areas of cooperation, agreement and disagreement between India and the US.
India-US 2+2 talks: If Washington wants to be New Delhi’s most ‘reliable strategic partner’, it must shun coercive approach
The dangers to the India-US partnership emerge from the presence of stubborn irritants in ties that have grown in scope and scale.
NRC in Assam: India ignored 'Atithi Devo Bhava' tradition, 'Hindu humanity' in citizenship verification process
Even if someone is the child or grandchild of a Bangladeshi or even a Bangladeshi migrant themselves, then so what? My culture and my religion tells me that I must treat them with humanity. I don't think we are showing this Hindu humanity in the process of NRC, writes Aakar Patel
Migrant wives: The harsh reality of Indian H4 visa holders, who must remain dependent on spouses or live illegally
Many H4 visa holders are women who are forced to remain in unhappy or abusive marriages because their visa does not allow them to work and live in the US
H4 EAD: USCIS chief signals it's end of the road for H4 work permits; tighter rules on H1B payscales coming soon
Chief 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.
H1B workers' spouses on H4 visas 'shocked' at fallout of New York Times story on fate of work permits
The 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.
H1B visa rule change: US Congress members oppose Trump administration's plan, say it will 'tear families apart'
Some US lawmakers and advocacy groups have criticised the Trump administration's reported plan to curb H1B visa extensions that could result in self-deportation of an estimated 5,00,000-7,50,000 Indian Americans, saying the move would drain America of talent