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H-1B visa programme faces onslaught of Congressional bills

Posted - 03/09/2017

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: With the Trump administration seriously mulling H-1B visa reforms+ , at least half a dozen bills have been tabled in the US House of Representatives and the Senate, contending that the programme that is popular among Indian IT firms eats into American jobs.Authors of all these bills from both the Republican and the Democratic parties

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Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization

Posted - 03/08/2017

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility valid to April 1, 2017 or later, and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will conduct a randomized lottery and start the selection

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A techie and above 35? You are most likely to be fired

Posted - 03/07/2017

NEW DELHI: All over the world, jobs in the information technology (IT) sector are under threat due to increasing automation and new digital technologies. But these challenges become bigger for India as Indian IT companies find it hard to re-train staff. Recently, industry body Nasscom said there was a need to re-train up to 1.5

A visitor arrives at Miami airport on a direct flight from Havana, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

U.S. suspends fast processing of high-tech visa applications

Posted - 03/06/2017

Foreigners aiming for temporary jobs at high-tech U.S. companies will undergo a longer visa approval process after the Trump administration announced it will temporarily suspend expedited applications for H-1B visas. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Friday that starting April 3 it will suspend “premium processing” for up to six months. Under

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Trump May Weigh In On H-1B Visas, But Major Reform Depends On Congress

Posted - 03/03/2017

President Trump has pushed aggressively against illegal immigration, while his specific plans for legal immigration — including the popular but troubled H-1B work visa — remain unclear. He has said he wants to crack down on abuses and protect American workers, but it’s Congress that holds the power to fundamentally reform the program. A broken

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Donald Trump softens stand on immigration, favours merit-based system

Posted - 03/03/2017

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for adopting a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-tech professionals from countries like India. Trump, during his first address to the Congress+ , noted that “nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others have a merit-based immigration system”. He said that such a system