U.S. Congress to vote on bill to remove country-cap on Green Card

The US House of Representatives will vote on legislation called Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act also known as HR 1044.The bill seeks to lift the country-cap on issuing green cards. The lifting of per-country cap on Green Card would mainly benefit professionals on H-1B visas from countries such as India for whom the wait for… Continue reading U.S. Congress to vote on bill to remove country-cap on Green Card

No H1B Visa caps in retaliation for data localisation:U.S State Department

The US state department has said the US has no plans to restrict H-1B work visas for countries that force international firms to store data locally. This statement came in the backdrop of a report which had said that the U.S. was considering capping H1Bs at 10-15% of all H1Bs for countries that had a… Continue reading No H1B Visa caps in retaliation for data localisation:U.S State Department

U.S. President Donald Trump announces new points-based green card system

The US President has decided to announce a new proposal to overhaul the country’s immigration policy.The policy would give preference to foreigners based on merit rather than the existing system that gives preference to family ties. Currently,about 12% of those receiving green cards entered the U.S. based on skill-based visas such as the H1B visas… Continue reading U.S. President Donald Trump announces new points-based green card system

Indian students completing master’s in U.S. stand better chance to get H-1B visas

The US Government has brought in a new visa regime.The new visa regime allows foreign students who complete their master’s or any higher degree from US universities to get a better chance of obtaining H-IB visa. The H1B cap consists of two categories — 20,000 visas open only to applicants with a Master’s or higher… Continue reading Indian students completing master’s in U.S. stand better chance to get H-1B visas

Job hoping in US gets tougher for H-1B visa holders

According to a report, it will get tougher for H-1B visa holders in the United States(US) to switch jobs even if the new job is similar to the old and requires the same exact skill sets. This report came after the US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has denied several applications by the new employer… Continue reading Job hoping in US gets tougher for H-1B visa holders

US reaches 65,000 H1B visa cap in five days for Financial Year 2020

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said that it has reached Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2020 after it had started receiving the applications for the H-1B visas. This is the first season of H-1B petitions after the USCIS announced enforcing new rules for the H-1B visa.The new rules… Continue reading US reaches 65,000 H1B visa cap in five days for Financial Year 2020

H-1B changes due to kick in from April 1

The US has said that it will start accepting H1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2020.The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The US has announced several changes to the H1b programme which are (a)new data hub… Continue reading H-1B changes due to kick in from April 1

Indian H1B visa–holders rally outside White House demanding immigration law reforms

Indians on H-1B visas has held a rally outside the White House, USA on the issue of Green Card and H4 visa. Their demands were a) the Green Card backlog be cleared with a period of 1-5 years and b) removal of country caps for Green Card allotments and c) grant of Green Cards to… Continue reading Indian H1B visa–holders rally outside White House demanding immigration law reforms