India: H-1B Workers To Get A Boost Under The New Immigration Rule

Posted - 01/25/2017

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services published a ‘final rule’ (Retention of EB1, EB2, and EB3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers) that will have a positive impact on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visa categories including the H-1B visa. The stated purpose of the rule is to improve the ability of US employers to hire


Indian IT Industry Could Suffer if Trump Gets Tough on Visas

Posted - 01/25/2017

NEW DELHI —  There is growing concern that India’s $150 billion information technology industry, which relies heavily on exports to the United States, could slow and become less competitive if the Trump administration tightens rules on hiring skilled foreign workers. Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress raising the minimum salary


H-1B Visas: How Donald Trump Could Change America’s Skilled Worker Visa Rules

Posted - 01/25/2017

During his campaign, President Donald Trump assailed a skilled-worker visa program used to send foreigners to the U.S., and in his inaugural speech Friday he said the country would “follow two simple rules; buy American and hire American.” Indian outsourcing firms are already preparing for potential changes to visa rules, which could present a challenge


Silicon Valley lawmaker introduces H-1B reform bill

Posted - 01/25/2017

Silicon Valley lawmaker introduces H-1B reform bill When Trump pledges immigration reform, he’s largely talking about building a wall and deporting illegal immigrants. But in Congress, there are numerous proposals to reform the H-1B visa — the incredibly popular visa for high-skilled foreigners. The latest proposal would allot the visas to employers who offer the


E-Verify Use May Soon Be Required of All Employers

Posted - 01/24/2017

Every employer in America may soon have to use E-Verify to check the legal status of their employees. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced a bill Tuesday requiring all employers to use the now-voluntary, internet-based E-Verify system to certify employee immigration status and terminate anyone who fails the test. The chairman of the Senate Committee on the


Recent changes to the H1B visa program are still favorable

Posted - 01/24/2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on November 18, 2016 published changes to the H1B program affecting highly skilled workers, and these changes took effect on January 17, 2017. Most of these changes affect those who already have H1B visas and have pending immigrant visa petitions with no available visas. “Isabela” entered the United


Why Indian job-seekers need to worry about changes to H-1B visa

Posted - 01/17/2017

NEW DELHI: Donald Trump has listed immigration reform among executive actions he plans on his first day in office. Ahead of his swearing-in, two American lawmakers have introduced a bill that seeks to change the H-1B and L-1 visa programmes+ . Here’s how the bill could sting Indian workers: Hike in visa cost The US


H-1B visa concerns: We have to wait and watch, says Infosys CEO Sikka

Posted - 01/17/2017

BENGALURU: Stating that any “discernible pattern” of clients worrying aboutadverse visa policies+ is yet to be seen, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka on Friday expressed hope that policies of the new Trump administration would be friendly towards business, innovation and entrepreneurship.“In terms of the new administration, the new President is going to take office next week. President-elect Trump himself is an


WalletHub Ranks 100 Metro Areas For STEM Professionals From Best To Worst

Posted - 01/12/2017

Looking for a new job? If you have STEM skills there is high demand in metro areas all over the country for people with your skill set and you will almost certainly sign on for a higher salary then people who do not have your skills. To help you in your search, WalletHub has released

FILE PHOTO: Stephen Miller, advisor and speechwriter for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, NY, U.S. January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Trump, tech tycoons talk overhaul of H1B visas

Posted - 01/12/2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been actively considering ways to revamp a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Possibilities for reforming the distribution of H-1B visas, which are used largely by the tech industry, were discussed at