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Donald Trump’s new executive order on H1B visas to hit Indian techies

Posted - 01/31/2017

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order aimed at strangulating work-visa programmes, including the H1B and L1 visas used by Indian IT professionals, as part of a larger immigration reform effort, a top White House official has said.The executive order drafted by the Trump Administration not only strangulates H-1B and L1 visas, but also increases inspector

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New H-1B Bill in U.S. calls for doubling minimum pay

Posted - 01/31/2017

A legislation, introduced in the United States House of Representatives, among other things, calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $ 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India. The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017

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India IT stocks slip amid worries about stricter H-1B visas

Posted - 01/31/2017

NEW DELHI — The shares of top Indian IT companies sank Tuesday in response to news of proposed U.S. legislation that would require salaries for H-1B visa holders to be doubled. The aim: to make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from countries like India. By late afternoon shares of all

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Nasdaq Plunges As Tech Firms’ H1-B Visa “Abuses” May Be Targeted By Trump

Posted - 01/30/2017

From Tyler Durden: Following leaks this morning that the Trump administration is considering executive orders around the H1-B worker via program, tech stocks are tumbling with the Nasdaq down most since September. […] Read Full Article: Nasdaq Plunges As Tech Firms’ H1-B Visa “Abuses” May Be Targeted By Trump

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Donald Trump administration drafts executive order on H1B visas

Posted - 01/30/2017

Tokyo/Bengaluru: President Donald Trump’s clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious. After the new president banned refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft and others railed against the move, saying it violated the country’s principles and risked disrupting its engine of innovation. Trump’s next steps

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Opinion: Technology Industry Relies on H1-B Visas to Sustain Innovation

Posted - 01/26/2017

There have been a plethora of discussions lately about what U.S. immigration policies might change in 2017. This has many technology companies in the U.S. concerned about negative impacts on their workforce. If H1-B and other non-immigrant work visas become more restrictive than they already are, it could negatively impact their productivity and growth. Take a look at

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New E-Verify proposal would see addition of biometric data

Posted - 01/26/2017

January 26, 2017 – Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced an E-Verify bill designed to expand the employment verification program nationwide. The bill, if enacted, would make all employers in the United States participate in E-Verify, with respect to all employees, whether recruited or referred and would enhance the enrollment process through the addition of biometric data such as

Immigrant rights advocates demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump's immigration policies, during a rally at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

H1B, H2B, E3 Visas and Green Cards: What’s the difference, and how could they change under Trump?

Posted - 01/26/2017

With Donald Trump now in the Oval Office, the future of the American immigration system is very much up in the air. Trump essentially centered his entire campaign around immigration, focusing not only on curbing illegal immigration and deporting undocumented people currently in the country, but on changing the way legal immigration works. With that in mind, here’s a quick look at the different statuses and

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Key points in Trump’s immigration executive orders

Posted - 01/26/2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two executive orders on immigration and border security, which included his campaign promises of building a wall and substantially stepping up deportations and immigration enforcement. The lengthy orders contained a number of provisions designed to execute key elements of the immigration hard-liner’s agenda, including on sanctuary cities, enforcement