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Department of homeland security acting secretary Chad Wolf whose position was ruled unlawful by a federal judge in New York on November 14, 2020 which thereby invalidated Wolf's suspension of DACA program that shields young people from deportation.(AP)

Explained: What new ruling says about DACA and the way ahead for Trump

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 10:35 AM IST
The recipients of DACA are young people who have grown up as Americans who had no way to gain legal residency even though they have lived in the US most of their lives but the DREAM Act provided a pathway to US citizenship to certain undocumented youth who go to college and/or serve in the military while maintaining a good record.
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US employers planning to hire foreigners on H-1B visa for the upcoming 2021 fiscal will be required to register themselves electronically first
US employers planning to hire foreigners on H-1B visa for the upcoming 2021 fiscal will be required to register themselves electronically first

H-1B e-registration begins April 1

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 06:27 AM IST
The employers will have to pay a fee of $10 at the time of registration, give only basic information about their company and each requested worker.
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The H-1B visa programme has come under close scrutiny under the Trump administration, which has vowed to prevent it from being used to displace American workers, or shut them out.(FILE PHOTO.)
The H-1B visa programme has come under close scrutiny under the Trump administration, which has vowed to prevent it from being used to displace American workers, or shut them out.(FILE PHOTO.)

US switches to e-registration for upcoming H-1B season

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 09:55 PM IST
They will have to pay a fee of $10 at the time of registration, give only basic information about their company and each requested worker. They will not be required to file the whole application along with whatever documents are required this time, contrary to the practice thus far.
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An estimated 1.5 million Indians are in danger of losing their best shot yet at the US citizenship because a US senator has put a block on a legislation that seeks to remove a per-country limit of 7% on the number of Green Cards, a mandatory pre-citizenship stage, that can be granted to applicants from any one country every year(REUTERS)
An estimated 1.5 million Indians are in danger of losing their best shot yet at the US citizenship because a US senator has put a block on a legislation that seeks to remove a per-country limit of 7% on the number of Green Cards, a mandatory pre-citizenship stage, that can be granted to applicants from any one country every year(REUTERS)

S-386: Why Indians are waging a battle in the US

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 08:53 PM IST
Indians have been hit the hardest by the country-limit on Green Cards, followed by the Chinese, because there are more of them applying it every year than people from other countries
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H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India.(NYT Photo/ Representative image)
H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India.(NYT Photo/ Representative image)

Plan to rescind H-4 visas yet to get final shape as rule making process not complete,says Official

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 11:16 AM IST
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues reviewing all employment-based visa programmes, including the H-4 EADs or employment authorisation card.
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The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.

US immigration law tweak could be ‘disastrous’ for some Indians

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 07:57 AM IST
After years of waiting, people in family, employment backlogs may be back at the starting line
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Silicon Valley-based IT firm sues US government for denying H-1B visa to Indian professional(HT File)
Silicon Valley-based IT firm sues US government for denying H-1B visa to Indian professional(HT File)

Silicon Valley-based IT firm sues US government for denying H-1B visa to Indian professional

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 10:52 AM IST
Xterra Solutions alleged in its lawsuit that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) improperly denied H-1B visa to Praharsh Chandra Sai Venkata Anisetty, 28, whom it had hired as a Business System Analyst.
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Denial rates for H-1B petitions climbing; up to 32% for 2019 first quarter
Denial rates for H-1B petitions climbing; up to 32% for 2019 first quarter

Denial rates for H-1B petitions climbing; up to 32% for 2019 first quarter

By Yashwant Raj | Washington
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 07:54 AM IST
The denial rate was 24 per cent in fiscal year 2018, quadrupling from 6 per cent in 2015. It never exceeded 8 per cent from 2010 to 2015, the Obama years. The first-quarter denial rate for FY 2018, to match the first quarter rate for 2019, was not available.
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According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Singh applied for admission into the country as a tourist in March 1992 at Los Angeles International Airport by presenting an Indian passport that purported to contain an entry visa to the United States.(Reuters/Representative Image)
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Singh applied for admission into the country as a tourist in March 1992 at Los Angeles International Airport by presenting an Indian passport that purported to contain an entry visa to the United States.(Reuters/Representative Image)

Indian faces 10 years imprisonment for trying to get US citizenship by fraud

By Press Trust of India | Washington
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2019 11:15 AM IST
Harpal Singh charged with one count of attempted naturalization fraud, faces up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for August 5.
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File)

On H1-B visa, Donald Trump promises citizenship, welcomes talented, skilled people to US

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 07:36 AM IST
The H1-B visa allows US companies to hire foreign workers in some skilled occupations. The programme has been under scrutiny and mounting restrictions since Donald Trump took office.
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A legislation was before the US Congress at the time to remove the country limit, which lapsed with the previous body and is likely to be reintroduced for passage afresh in the new Congress that takes charge on Thursday.(AFP/Picture for representation)
A legislation was before the US Congress at the time to remove the country limit, which lapsed with the previous body and is likely to be reintroduced for passage afresh in the new Congress that takes charge on Thursday.(AFP/Picture for representation)

Ending country quota for Green Cards will lead to Indian, Chinese domination on path to US citizenship: Report

By HT Correspondent | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 12:02 AM IST
Removing country limits for Green Cards will drastically reduce waiting time for those in queue, mostly from India and China, and protect them from exploitative employers, but will also lead to people of these two countries dominating this route to US citizenship.
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Having a Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States.(AP/Picture for representation)
Having a Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States.(AP/Picture for representation)

Ending country quota in Green Cards will allow India, China to dominate path to US citizenship: report

By Press Trust of India | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2019 06:15 PM IST
Eliminating the country quota from the most sought-after Green Cards will end the current discrimination in the US labour market, but would allow countries like India and China to dominate the path to American citizenship, according to the latest Congressional report.
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The new rule will be published in the Federal Register for public comments on December 3, according to an announcement by the US Department of Homeland Security.(File Photo)
The new rule will be published in the Federal Register for public comments on December 3, according to an announcement by the US Department of Homeland Security.(File Photo)

Donald Trump administration shifting H-1B selection to favour merit

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 09:56 AM IST
The proposed change in the selection process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16% (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected those with a master’s degree or higher from a US institution of higher education, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which runs the H-1B programme
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President Donald Trump alleged that the opposition Democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal alien.(AP)
President Donald Trump alleged that the opposition Democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal alien.(AP)

Birthright citizenship in US has created an industry of birth tourism: Donald Trump

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 03:39 PM IST
US President Donald Trump has expressed his intention to take the path of an executive order to deny automatic citizenship to children born of non-American parents in the US.
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President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington on November 1, 2018, from a campaign rally in Missouri.(AP Photo)
President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington on November 1, 2018, from a campaign rally in Missouri.(AP Photo)

Donald Trump to crack down on US asylum laws, Indian human smugglers should worry

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 03:07 PM IST
Not a popular gateway into the US for most Indians, who have preferred the H-1B route for highly skilled foreign workers and other employment-based options for decades, asylum has been used by Punjab-based agents of international human smugglers to offer a costlier — every trip costs Rs 25 lakh and more — and riskier alternative.
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The report reveals a massive gender disparity — only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 4,19,637 H-1B visa holders, 1,06,096 (or 25.3 per cent) are females as against 3,11,997 (or 74.3 per cent males), it said.(Picture for representation)
The report reveals a massive gender disparity — only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 4,19,637 H-1B visa holders, 1,06,096 (or 25.3 per cent) are females as against 3,11,997 (or 74.3 per cent males), it said.(Picture for representation)

Three-fourth H-1B visa holders are Indians: US report

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 12:32 PM IST
According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 4,19,637 foreign nationals working in the US on H-1B visas as on October 5. Of these, 3,09,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report ‘H-1B petitions by gender and country of birth fiscal year 2018’.
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Such a move will have a detrimental impact on the functioning of Indian IT companies in the US and also small and medium-sized contractual companies in the IT sector, which are mostly owned by Indian Americans.(AP File Photo)
Such a move will have a detrimental impact on the functioning of Indian IT companies in the US and also small and medium-sized contractual companies in the IT sector, which are mostly owned by Indian Americans.(AP File Photo)

US to ‘revise definition’ of H1B visa, move may hit Indian tech companies

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 10:36 AM IST
On Wednesday, the US authorities said they plan to revise the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas, with an aim to get the best and the brightest foreign nationals.
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A man has his fingerprints electronically taken while taking part in a visa application demonstration at the Embassy of the United States in Lima.(Reuters File Photo)
A man has his fingerprints electronically taken while taking part in a visa application demonstration at the Embassy of the United States in Lima.(Reuters File Photo)

How new US visa rule, starting next week, will impact H-1B holders

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 06:45 PM IST
In a relief to H-1B visa holders, a federal agency tasked said for the time being the new rule will not be implemented with respect to employment-based petitions and humanitarian applications and petitions.
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Around seven million such applications are filed and adjudicated every year. However, applicants for short-term visas for travel or business are not expected to be affected.(Picture for representation)
Around seven million such applications are filed and adjudicated every year. However, applicants for short-term visas for travel or business are not expected to be affected.(Picture for representation)

US can now reject visa, green card applications over errors in documents

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2018 09:57 PM IST
US authorities can now reject a visa application, petition or request — including possibly for H-1B visas — over mistakes and missing documents without offering the applicant a chance to correct the error.
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A man holds an envelope from the US Citizenship and Immigrations Service in Washington.(REUTERS)
A man holds an envelope from the US Citizenship and Immigrations Service in Washington.(REUTERS)

All unselected H1B petitions for 2019 returned: US

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 09:06 AM IST
USCIS had received 94,213 H-1B petitions in the general category and 95,885 in the advanced degree category on April 6. The federal agency resorted to a computerised draw of lots to select the successful applicants.
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File photo of Indian and US national flags in front of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
File photo of Indian and US national flags in front of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Over 4 lakh Indians in US may have to wait 151 years for green card: Report

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 09:56 PM IST
According to the USCIS, there were 2,16,684 primary Indian applicants under EB-2 category and 2,16,684 spouses and children, thus making a total of 4,33,368. EB-2 immigrants are applicants with advanced degrees.
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Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a 7% per country quota on allotment of green cards or permanent legal residency.(AFP/File Photo)
Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a 7% per country quota on allotment of green cards or permanent legal residency.(AFP/File Photo)

Indians account for more than three-fourth in Green Card queue: official US figures

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 05:39 PM IST
As of May 2018, there were 3,95,025 foreign nationals waiting for Green Card under the employment-based preference category. Of these 3,06,601 were Indians, according to the latest figures released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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The USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa cap for advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, a statement said.(Representative photo)
The USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa cap for advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, a statement said.(Representative photo)

H-1B visa cap of 65,000 for 2019 reached: US immigration dept

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 09:01 PM IST
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.
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The H-1B filing process begins from April 2 for the fiscal year 2019 starting October 1.(File Photo)
The H-1B filing process begins from April 2 for the fiscal year 2019 starting October 1.(File Photo)

Multiple H1-B applications for same beneficiary may be rejected: US immigration

By HT Correspondent | PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 11:56 AM IST
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that it would intensify scrutiny of such applications.
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According to the report, almost one-third of all approved H-1B petitions in fiscal 2017 went to just 20 companies, even as 40,645 firms were approved to sponsor H-1B visas that year.(File Photo)
According to the report, almost one-third of all approved H-1B petitions in fiscal 2017 went to just 20 companies, even as 40,645 firms were approved to sponsor H-1B visas that year.(File Photo)

US awards far more H-1B visas outside cap, finds study

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 11:00 AM IST
A total of 345,262 H-1B petitions were approved in fiscal 2016, including 230,759 in uncapped categories, the highest level yet, the Immigration Policy Institute said in a detailed report on H-1B visas.
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