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The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.(Bloomberg file)

Covid-19 leads to fewer UK visas to Indians

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The visas of 12,708 stranded Indians were extended due to Covid-19-related issues until June 2020, mainly because they were unable to travel home due to flights being discontinued.
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Image for representation.

UK visas to Indian students double, but Covid-19 crisis looms

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 05:05 PM IST
Universities across the UK have been bracing for a fall in high fee-paying international students due to the pandemic.
The economic costs for India due to the suspension of H1-B visa will be limited, but the real damage is the question mark it raises over the Indian-American immigration story(NYT)
The economic costs for India due to the suspension of H1-B visa will be limited, but the real damage is the question mark it raises over the Indian-American immigration story(NYT)

Donald Trump’s anti-immigration move | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 08:31 PM IST
India should seek to institutionalise the immigrant relationship
The H-1B programme plays a crucial role in addressing shortage of health care professionals while also providing other key sectors of US economy, an Indian American Congressman said.(Reuters File Photo)
The H-1B programme plays a crucial role in addressing shortage of health care professionals while also providing other key sectors of US economy, an Indian American Congressman said.(Reuters File Photo)

Top US lawmakers urge Donald Trump to revoke suspension of H-1B, other foreign work visas

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 10:43 AM IST
At least three top American lawmakers insisted on the need to mend the H-1B programme instead of not ending it.
A flag is waved outside the White House in Washington. The Trump administration is extending a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of 2020 and adding many temporary work visas to the freeze.(AP File Photo)
A flag is waved outside the White House in Washington. The Trump administration is extending a ban on green cards issued outside the United States until the end of 2020 and adding many temporary work visas to the freeze.(AP File Photo)

Suspension of foreign work visas to free up to 5.25 lakh jobs in US: White House

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 06:32 AM IST
A proclamation of Trump on Monday temporarily suspended till the end of the current year a number of popular non-immigrant visas including the H-1B, H-4, H-2B visa, J and L visas.
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How to make the most of new post-study work policies in the West

Hindustan Times | By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 06:34 PM IST
As countries re-work their norms and extend post-study work visas to attract international students, a look at some dos and don’ts.
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Stuck in Dubai for 6 months, 14 youth return to Amritsar

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2020 10:07 PM IST
As per information, 29 youth from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, who were sent to Dubai to work as security guards in a private company, run by a Pakistani national, were trapped in the middle-eastern country as the company was not giving them salary
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Man duped of 21L on pretext of sending son to Canada, one booked

Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran | By HT Correspondent, Tarn Taran
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:14 AM IST
A cyclist rides a bicycle past Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.(Bloomberg Photo)
A cyclist rides a bicycle past Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.(Bloomberg Photo)

UK’s new visa offer to benefit thousands of Indian students

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 09:51 PM IST
The announcement means that Indian and other international students who join a UK educational institution from the 2020-21 academic year and complete a degree course in any subject will be able to stay for two years and take up any job.
A passport is stamped at the immigration security check in Newark, New Jersey. The change will ensure that hospitals and medical practices across the UK will be able to access the staff they need more quickly, the Home Office said.(File photo: NYT)
A passport is stamped at the immigration security check in Newark, New Jersey. The change will ensure that hospitals and medical practices across the UK will be able to access the staff they need more quickly, the Home Office said.(File photo: NYT)

UK announces easier visas for web designers, architects

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2019 10:21 AM IST
Indian professionals are already given a majority of work visas issued: 52 per cent of all visas issued in 2018.
During investigation the police checked CCTV footage of the hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity. “Bank and call detail records were also analysed.(HT image)
During investigation the police checked CCTV footage of the hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity. “Bank and call detail records were also analysed.(HT image)

Fake visas: Man held for cheating 50 people

Hindustasn Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Deputy commissioner of police (IGIA) Sanjay Bhatia said the passenger’s questioning revealed that one Ranjeet Kumar Mukherjee from Darbhanga in Bihar had introduced him to two agents Behera and a man named Raj Sharma who could help him go abroad on work visa.
Kaushal was living in Dubai since December 2017 on a fake passport, a copy of which was recovered by Gurugram police in May from after they arrested Vinay Kumar, a resident of Adind village in Alwar, Rajasthan.(HT FILE)
Kaushal was living in Dubai since December 2017 on a fake passport, a copy of which was recovered by Gurugram police in May from after they arrested Vinay Kumar, a resident of Adind village in Alwar, Rajasthan.(HT FILE)

Haryana gangster Kaushal nabbed in Dubai

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 11:40 AM IST
Indian authorities in Dubai and police officials privy to the matter said Kaushal would be brought to Delhi after all legal formalities are completed.
The lower Manhattan skyline is seen from Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, July 29, 2019.(Bloomberg file photo)
The lower Manhattan skyline is seen from Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, July 29, 2019.(Bloomberg file photo)

No US green cards for immigrants using public benefits, may impact Indians

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 09:01 AM IST
Experts estimate that this rule, called the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”, is the most significant of the Trump administration’s immigration moves and could cut legal immigration by half.
IThe objective of the Canadian government’s skills programme was to make the country a magnet for tech talent from across the globe . Indian citizens appear to have taken advantage of the opportunity.(File Photo used for representational purpose only)
IThe objective of the Canadian government’s skills programme was to make the country a magnet for tech talent from across the globe . Indian citizens appear to have taken advantage of the opportunity.(File Photo used for representational purpose only)

Indian techies are top beneficiaries of Canada government’s skill programme

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya, Toronto
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 11:10 AM IST
According to a data made available by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the end of December 2018, of the total 17,132 work permits approved, Indians accounted for over half of them at 9,462.
Increasing the post-study work period and making it easier for Indian and non-EU students to find work, are among the new plans unveiled by the Theresa May government on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Increasing the post-study work period and making it easier for Indian and non-EU students to find work, are among the new plans unveiled by the Theresa May government on Saturday.(HT Photo)

New UK visa plan to attract Indian, non-EU students

Hindustan Times | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 12:48 PM IST
The plans included in the International Education Strategy, however, do not go so far as to accept the sector’s demand to revive the two-year post-study work visa that was popular with self-financing Indian students, but was closed in 2012.
Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from a new UK government plan to remove any limit on the number of PhD-level work visas to be granted.(Shutterstock.com)
Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from a new UK government plan to remove any limit on the number of PhD-level work visas to be granted.(Shutterstock.com)

Indians to benefit as UK lifts cap on PhD-level work visas

PTI, London | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 07:56 PM IST
Indians are among the largest group of professionals set to benefit from a new UK government plan to remove any limit on the number of PhD-level work visas to be granted.
The White House has formally received the proposed changes in the existing regulations to end the work authorisation for certain categories of H-1B foreign work visas.(AFP)
The White House has formally received the proposed changes in the existing regulations to end the work authorisation for certain categories of H-1B foreign work visas.(AFP)

Proposed regulation on H1B visa holders’ spouses to affect thousands of Indians

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 10:09 AM IST
It’s now for the White House to take a final call on it, before a formal regulation in this regard could be issued and the Department of Homeland Security can inform a federal court, where a lawsuit on this issue is pending.
From a high of 39,090 in 2010-11 to a low of 16,550 in 2016-17, there has been a steady downward spiral of Indian students coming to the UK, but for the first time in recent years, the number is on the upswing(Reuters/ Representative Image)
From a high of 39,090 in 2010-11 to a low of 16,550 in 2016-17, there has been a steady downward spiral of Indian students coming to the UK, but for the first time in recent years, the number is on the upswing(Reuters/ Representative Image)

After years of decline, number of Indian students in UK on the rise

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 08:27 AM IST
From a high of 39,090 in 2010-11 to a low of 16,550 in 2016-17, there has been a steady downward spiral of Indian students coming to the UK, but for the first time in recent years, the number is on the upswing: 19,750 in 2017-18, including first-year students.
The new figures suggest that the increase in Indian student numbers is at the postgraduate level.(Bloomberg)
The new figures suggest that the increase in Indian student numbers is at the postgraduate level.(Bloomberg)

After years of decline, rise in Indian students in UK

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 10:14 PM IST
Indian and other non-EU students typically pay at least three times the fees applicable to those from the UK or European Union.
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

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
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
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

Washington | By Press Trust of India
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’.
Liao Yuan was detained and booked under relevant sections of Foreigners Act and his passport seized.(Picture for representation)
Liao Yuan was detained and booked under relevant sections of Foreigners Act and his passport seized.(Picture for representation)

Chinese man caught working in Dehradun factory on tourist visa

Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2018 07:42 PM IST
Liao Yuan was recruited as an engineer in a factory in Dehradun, but he did not have a valid work visa and had only a tourist visa.
Damanpreet Kaur told Radio New Zealand that she paid two Tauranga men over $18,000 for a work visa and job last year and later paid a Hamilton man $15,000 for the same.(Picture for representation)
Damanpreet Kaur told Radio New Zealand that she paid two Tauranga men over $18,000 for a work visa and job last year and later paid a Hamilton man $15,000 for the same.(Picture for representation)

Indian woman faces deportation from New Zealand after being duped of $33,000 in the name of jobs

Wellington | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2018 05:30 PM IST
An Indian woman, Damanpreet Kaur, is facing deportation from New Zealand after being duped by men who she says took $33,000 from her in return for work visas for jobs that did not exist.
The committee’s report highlighted the contribution of Indian and other non-EU students to the UK economy – estimated at £17.6 billion in 2015 .(Shutterstock Photo)
The committee’s report highlighted the contribution of Indian and other non-EU students to the UK economy – estimated at £17.6 billion in 2015 .(Shutterstock Photo)

UK student visas: Panel calls to ease norms after drop in Indian, other international students

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 07:36 AM IST
The panel noted the sharp drop in Indian student numbers in recent years and adverse coverage in the Indian press.
There have been growing demands from members of Theresa May's cabinet and others to exclude international students from migration numbers, since the overwhelming majority leave after their studies.(Reuters File Photo)
There have been growing demands from members of Theresa May's cabinet and others to exclude international students from migration numbers, since the overwhelming majority leave after their studies.(Reuters File Photo)

UK universities call for reviving post-study work visa popular with Indians

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, London
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 08:55 AM IST
Universities UK (UUK), the umbrella body representing all British varsities, said  students should be allowed two years after completing studies, which will also benefit British employers when uncertainty linked to Brexit is leading to a dwindling labour pool.
The US and Canada offer a post-study option of three years, Australia four years and New Zealand three years as part of recent changes to its immigration policy.(Representative image)
The US and Canada offer a post-study option of three years, Australia four years and New Zealand three years as part of recent changes to its immigration policy.(Representative image)

UK universities group calls for new post-study visa to attract Indian students

London | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2018 01:20 PM IST
A body representing UK universities has put forth a new temporary “Global Graduate Talent Visa” proposal under which qualified international students will be allowed to work in a skilled job in the UK for a period of two years after graduation.
There is no change in the US’ H-1B visa policy which is currently undergoing a review to ensure that it does not disadvantage US workers or wages, a senior Trump administration official has said ahead of next week’s 2+2 Dialogue.(REUTERS)
There is no change in the US’ H-1B visa policy which is currently undergoing a review to ensure that it does not disadvantage US workers or wages, a senior Trump administration official has said ahead of next week’s 2+2 Dialogue.(REUTERS)

No change for H-1B visas, says US ahead of 2+2 dialogues

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 10:52 AM 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.
British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10 Downing Street in London earlier this year(Reuters photo)
British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10 Downing Street in London earlier this year(Reuters photo)

Visa leniency central to post-Brexit trade with India: UK business body

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 02:59 AM IST
The Confederation of British Industry said the Theresa May government needs to recognise the strong links between people and trade as the UK forges new economic relationships on the world stage after Brexit. 
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

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
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.
The H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress.(Photo for Representation)
The H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress.(Photo for Representation)

H-1B visa application process to begin today, will face unprecedented scrutiny

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 11:02 AM 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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