Sunday 27 May, 2018

US suspends premium processing of H-1B visa petitions

Image courtesy: Washington, March 21 (IANS) The US on Wednesday announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year 2019. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [...]

US makes H-1B visa approval tougher for 3rd-party worksites

Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) In a move that is likely to hit Indian IT firms and their employees, the Trump administration has announced a new measure that makes it tougher to issue H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party [...]

US may stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s administration is set to propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of H1-B visa holders eligible to work while in the US, potentially complicating a major driver of technology [...]

US ‘golden visa’ scheme may be extended: Experts

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) Though the three-month extension of the US’ EB5 visa scheme ends on December 8, experts are of the view that the scheme, popularly known as the “Golden Visa”, is likely to be extended. “Although [...]

Trump administration introduces green card hurdle

Washington, Aug 26 (IANS) US immigration authorities will soon require an in-person interview for certain applicants for green cards, a change that is likely to slow the process of obtaining one and may jam the already-backlogged visa application [...]

Only 17% of total 85,000 visas go to Indian companies per year: Official

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) A large chunk of US firms ride on the back of the services provided by Indian companies, Information Technology Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on Tuesday adding that only 17 per cent of the total 85,000 visas issued [...]

In uncertain H1-B times, US firm targets Indians with EB5 – the ‘Golden Visa’

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) As confusion looms over the future of the H1-B visa program, an investment-facilitating firm is targeting rich Indians with the EB5 visa, popularly known as the “Golden Visa”, that promises a faster route [...]

Supreme Court to hear case on citizenship revocation

Chicago, April 27 (IANS) The United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on April 26 in a case which could set a precedent in the revocation of American citizenship of naturalized citizens and is of paramount significance to thousands [...]

Life beyond H-1B: Try L1, EB5 visas, experts suggest

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The cap for US H-1B visas for 2018 may have been reached but immigration experts say that Indian applicants, who form the majority of the recipients of such visas, have other options as well — such as the L1 [...]

It’s That Time of Year: the H-1B Fiscal Year Quota and the H-1B Haters

BY ASHWIN SHARMA* The Fiscal Year Quota for H-1B visas is, as usual, just opened on April 1 which elicits a bit more public interest about the H-1B program in particular and Business Immigration in general.  Unfortunately, Business Immigration [...]