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Visa and Immigration
“Due to the green card proclamation ban, we are expecting to have advancement in the priority dates, which would allow many who are in the US to be able to file for the final step of the green card process,” said Nandini Nair, immigration partner at law firm Greenspoon Marder.
The Donald Trump administration in the US had been pursuing a conservative work visa regime, and since the pandemic outbreak it has brought in more restrictions. In June it temporarily suspended new work visas until the end of the year. On Monday, it restricted federal agencies from hiring foreign workers including H-1B holders.
Donald Trump in a new proclamation has barred technology workers on H-1B visas from replacing US citizens or green card holders in federal government contracts. The move is aimed at securing more jobs for native Americans and throws open a plethora of high-skilled jobs for them.
The OCI card, which allows lifelong visa free travel to India with certain limitations to people of Indian-origin, was suspended by the Indian government on April 11 amidst a nationwide lockdown and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
A tour operators' body on Thursday said that embassies of Spain and Slovakia have agreed to issue 'Gratis Visa' to all Indians who were issued a visa earlier this year but could not undertake travel in the last few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bill was opposed by Senator Rick Scott of Florida who wanted a carve out for Spanish speaking people. This comes after an agreement had been reached between Lee and Senator Dick Durbin who had earlier opposed certain provisions of the bill in December.
"Almost 200 years on a waiting list. Some people don't even live that long. Our country isn't much older than that, and that's the amount of time they would have to wait based solely on the basis of the country in which they were born," Lee said, urging his Senate colleagues to lift the country-cap on Green Card applicants.
President Donald Trump, in his June proclamation, banned the entry into the US of workers in several key non-immigrant visa categories, including the H-1B, arguing that they eat into American jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently
This was in response to a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio last month on behalf of Ranjitha Subramanya, whose H4 work permit was approved by the agency in April but the employment authorisation document (EAD) wasn’t printed till June, when her previous permit expired.
The move came over a month after the Trump administration on June 23 suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.
In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order preventing federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers -- mainly those on H-1B visa -- from hiring. Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers.
Trump’s decision to ban workers on H-1B visas comes after the federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) said that it will outsource 20 percent of its technology jobs to companies based in foreign countries.
Further, the Indian Consulate in Dubai can now accept passport applications from expatriates living across the UAE, the Gulf News reported. Earlier, each emirate had its individual centre for verification.
As per the new fee schedule, employers filing visa petitions will have to pay an average of 20% more from October. The final rule said the changes are meant to align visa fees with the time agency offices spend adjudicating petitions and applications.
In addition, Donald Trump said the administration is working with representatives of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that grants undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children permissions to live and work lawfully.
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