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  • Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds, sharing their families’ stories in highly personal opening statements. Their stories offered a sharp counterpoint to President Donald Trump, who has often derided immigrants as a threat to the national security of the United States.

    The changes may see the introduction of additional requirements to ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders.

    According to H-1B petition statistics of the USCIS, 84.8 per cent of the total H-1B petitions processed and completed in Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018-September 2019) were approved, as against 95.7 per cent of the total in Fiscal Year 2015 (October 2014-September 2015).

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    These Indians have either violated their visa norms or were illegal immigrants.

    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.

    The move comes shortly after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said ‘no Hindu will have to leave the country’ after names of a large number of people from the community were left out from NRC published in Assam. RSS has asked its cadre to be careful while taking the message forward, given the extensive protests in northeast against CAB.

    “We will not accept the Citizenship Amendment bill. The Centre must not consider the northeast as a dumping ground for illegal immigrants. The bill is unconstitutional, illegal and anti-indigenous. We will not accept it under any circumstance," said Aasu chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya.

    Indians are rocketing to the top - 2 of the US’s 5 biggest cos, Alphabet & Microsoft, have Indian-born CEOs.

    US firms with H-1B staff file more patents, generating significant economic value, according to a working paper by researchers for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). A US based think tank said US tech startups that employ immigrant workers on H-1B visas have a higher chance of raising funds from venture capital firms.

    The rule is the Trump administration's latest effort to limit immigrant access to public programs while trying to move the country away from a family-based immigration system to merit-based system.

    According to the study on data received from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services by National Foundation for American Policy, denial rates for H-1B visas is the highest among major Indian IT companies (compared to US companies)- about 43% on average (Tech Mahindra, TCS, Infosys, Wipro) in 2019 thereby witnessing a 9-fold rise from 2015 .

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