H-1B visa applications open up next week

Posted - 03/31/2017

It’s busy season for immigration lawyers. On April 3, people can start submitting H-1B visa petitions for the new fiscal year. The popular visa, beloved by the tech industry, is a pathway for skilled foreigners to work in the U.S. It’s in high demand: Last year, the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas was reached less


Ahead of H1B lottery, Silicon Valley’s ‘darkest’ immigration secret hits cinemas

Posted - 03/31/2017

Bangalore: A feature film about the difficulties facing an Indian temporary work-visa holder waiting for permanent residency will be screened in 25 US cinemas on Friday, with backing from Silicon Valley investors, fuelling an already heated immigration debate. The film, “For Here or To Go?” was written and produced by San Francisco-based Rishi Bhilawadikar, 33,


Immigration chat bot can help you with the H-1B visa

Posted - 03/28/2017

When Visabot went live last November, the Facebook Messenger-based artificial intelligence attempted to simplify the US visa application process and help many people skip the fees associated with a visit to an immigration lawyer. At the time, however, Visabot’s conversational approach only supported two types of visas for travel or “exceptional individuals.” Now, as promised,


Headlines that say H-1B visas drive down US tech wages don’t tell the full story

Posted - 03/27/2017

It’s a tough time for foreign workers aiming to live in the US. With the raging rhetoric about immigrants stealing American jobs, the current political climate is ripe for a clampdown on the coveted H-1B visa. The Donald Trump administration has already stalled premium processing for this visa, which allows holders to work in the


H-1B Visa Applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Open on April 3

Posted - 03/24/2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected, USCIS said in a statement. The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to


H1B Visas: Why They’re Broken And What We Can Do

Posted - 03/23/2017

It looks like the Trump administration may further restrict work visas for technology workers by making changes to the H1B program. If it does, that will send the cost of such tech workers skyrocketing, since they are already in high demand. That might be a good thing for my company, 10x, a technology employment agency. And


‘Replacement of American workers not the intent of H1B visas’

Posted - 03/23/2017

Asserting that replacement of American workers is not the intent of H-1B work visa, the Trump administration nominee for Labour Secretary has acknowledged the shortage of skilled workers in the US. “Some Americans have seen jobs go overseas. Some Americans have seen jobs filled by foreign workers. Indeed, I’ve read reports that some Americans have


Indian Techies Need Not Worry About H1B Visa Curbs In US: Sushma Swaraj

Posted - 03/23/2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said there was no reason to worry about the curbs on H1B visas or the job security of Indian IT professionals working in the US for the time being as the Indian government is in talks with the US regarding this. Read Full Article: Indian Techies Need Not


US Tells India No Significant Change In H-1B Visa Regime

Posted - 03/20/2017

The United States has conveyed to India that there is no significant change in the H-1B visa regime, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. Ms Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that India is articulating its concerns regarding the visa policy vigorously with the new administration in the US. However, the Minister said, there is no


Is Immigration Bad For The Economy? H-1B Visas Lower Tech Sector Wages, Study Finds

Posted - 03/14/2017

The H-1B visa program, often used to compensate for shortages of skilled workers in the tech industry, may bring down the wages of engineers, mathematicians and other specialty employees in the U.S., a study found. The paper, by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, found computer scientists’ incomes