H 1B VISA
Nasscom questions legality of US immigration agency’s visa fee hike plan
The fee hike by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the short-term work permits used by IT companies to send highly-skilled workers to the US, and Nasscom has opposed it in a submission to the immigration agency’s parent, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Indian IT’s H-1B visa woes could worsen in 2020
US will bring a new system in April that requires cos to register in advance names of staff w...
Diversity under lens as IT faces fresh suits in US
In December, Wipro received a lawsuit over allegations of racial discrimination by an Afri...
Jaishankar speaks on CAA, Kashmir and H-1B visa at US meetings
While addressing the media in Washington DC on December 20, the External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said, “Amo...
Nasscom was 3rd biggest tech lobbyist in US in 2019
Nasscom’s lobbying spends have risen significantly since 2015. It fluctuated between $40,000 and $150,000 between 2010 and 2014. But the tightening visa environment in the later years of US president Barack Obama and then Donald Trump appears to have compelled India’s IT industry to strengthen lobbying.
Automation, AI continue to offer rich promises to Indian IT companies
The advent of new technology paradigms like robotics, AI, blockchain and IoT is changing how companies and individuals consume technology and for the Indian businesses to remain successful, an update to the technology of tomorrow, today will be needed, Nasscom Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer Sangeeta Gupta said.
India pitches for H-1B visa holders, says movement of people deepened ties
People to people ties have been one of the defining elements of our friendship, Jaishankar told reporters at a joint news conference here with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
US completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 season
Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker.
US Senators say no voting on S-386 Bill as of now
Claiming that they’ve reached a consensus on the Bill, Senators Mike Lee and Dick Durbin say it won’t be put to vote without majority backing. Speaking in the US Senate on Wednesday, Durbin, the Senate Democratic Whip who was previously opposed to the Bill, said the green card backlog was one of the most serious challenges the country faced.
Infosys prefers settlements outside the law in US
On Tuesday, the IT behemoth made an out-of-court settlement for $800,000 (Rs 5.7 crore) with the California Attorney General on charges related to alleged violation of B-1 visa rules by it. The charges include employing about 500 Infosys staff in California on B-1 visas rather than H-1B visas between 2006 and 2017.
USCIS completes final testing of electronic H-1B registration process
Under the new system, only applications selected through the random selection process will be eligible to file the H-1B cap subject petitions. Through this new process, USCIS hopes to dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers.
EU beckons Indian tech talent
A crackdown on H-1B visas over the past two years has, however, resulted in a sharp spike in rejections and made Indian companies realign their strategies, whether in hiring more people locally or setting up centres elsewhere. Indian companies have also found it hard to source highly skilled labour locally. That has made Europe look more attractive.
Nasscom opposes hotlining of S.386 Bill in US, says certain provisions could have damaging effect
The bill seeks to bring in amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country limitation for employment-based immigrants. However, another provision will bar 50:50 companies (those with 50 employees and more in the US or with 50 per cent of staff on H-1B work visas) from bringing in more employees on H-1B into the US.
98% of H-1B visa rejections unchallenged
In 98.4% of the cases where the H-1B visa was denied, the employer chose not to file an appeal, said David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is based in Washington, DC.
US Homeland may tweak H-1B & L-1
The changes may see the introduction of additional requirements to ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders.
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