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White House criticizes ruling on Obama’s immigration action

HOUSTON: A federal judge has wrongly prevented “lawful, commonsense policies” from taking effect by blocking President Barack Obama’s executive action that seeks to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, the… Read more »

H-1B visa

‘H-1B visa system needs to be fixed’

WASHINGTON: With the announcement that both the 65,000 and 20,000 H-1B visa caps for fiscal year 2016 have been reached, a top business body in the US has made a… Read more »

H S Brahma

Illegal immigration a big worry: India CEC

NEW DELHI: Terming illegal immigration as a major worry, Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma has said India is perhaps the only country in the world to allow foreigners to… Read more »

Raul Hector Castro, former governor of Arizona and former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Argentina, talks during a news conference in Bisbee, Ariz.

From poor immigrant to Arizona’s 1st Hispanic governor

PHOENIX: Raul Hector Castro first noticed discrimination on his way to school in a dusty Arizona border town. Why, he wondered, did the white kids ride on a bus while… Read more »

US H1-B visa cap reached within 5 days for 3rd straight year

US H1-B visa cap reached within 5 days for 3rd straight year

NEW YORK: The US today said it has reached the cap for the much-coveted H-1B work visas for 2016 within the first five days for the third consecutive year and… Read more »

European Market shop seen in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, Saturday March 21. British voters go to the polls May 7 in the most unpredictable election in decades. All parties are trying to woo voters in the North Warwickshire constituency, one of the country’s closest races.

Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

BOSTON, England: Boston is a typical English town – ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as… Read more »


US files appeal of hold on immigration action

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department has urged a federal appeals court to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with… Read more »

Chris Christie

Christie joins fight against Obama reform

NEWARK, N.J.: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has repeatedly refused to outline his positions on the nation’s immigration system, has quietly signed onto an amicus brief opposing President Obama’s… Read more »

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker’s immigration stance at center of dispute

WASHINGTON: A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s position on immigration has erupted highlighting the Republican’s struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch… Read more »


Push to put driver’s licenses in immigrant hands

ST. PAUL, Minn.: Advocates of a push to grant driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally packed a Minnesota House hearing, at times breaking into tears as supporters… Read more »

Immigration activists participate in a protest announcing their intent to go on a hunger strike in New York City.

Immigrant students fasting for NY Dream Act

NEW YORK: About 50 immigrant students who live illegally in New York state have started a hunger strike after a proposal that would allow them to apply for state financial… Read more »


Boost for Indian IT workers as US L-1B visas now easier to get

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has announced an easing of the process to obtain L-1B work visas for corporate executives, a move that could end the large scale harassment of… Read more »

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Predicting the H1B cap lottery for 2016

Currently, the H-1B work visa cap is limited at 65,000 petitions per year, and an additional 20,000 petitions for those with a US master’s degree or higher. USCIS will accept fiscal year… Read more »


Google exec calls for immigration changes

WASHINGTON: The executive chairman at Google has urged Congress to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on…. Read more »

President Barack Obama holds up a book of poetry by Irish poet William Butler Yeats, a gift from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

Obama on St. Patrick’s Day touts immigrant tradition

WASHINGTON: Donning green in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama promoted U.S.-Irish ties on St. Patrick’s Day as proof of America’s immigrant-friendly tradition. He and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny… Read more »


Gov. Rauner’s message leaves advocates perplexed

CHICAGO: More than two months after taking the reins of one of the nation’s most immigrant-friendly states, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has offered mixed signals about his stance on immigration…. Read more »


H-1B workers have minimal skills: Infosys whistleblower

WASHINGTON: H-1B workers replacing Americans have minimal skills and little or no business knowledge, a whistleblower from Indian IT giant Infosys has said and asked lawmakers not to increase the… Read more »


States say Obama administration misled judge

HOUSTON: A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration alleges the government misled a judge about not implementing part of the plan before the… Read more »


AAO on credential evaluation of H-1B visa petitions-II

Continued from last week The AAO also took issue with what it described as a “misinterpretation and misapplication of the so-called “three-for-one” rule” which evaluators use to recognize any three years of… Read more »

Sean Penn, left, and filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu pose in the press room at the Academy Awards

Sean Penn has ‘no apologies’ for immigration joke

BEVERLY HILLS, California: Sean Penn opened up about the immigration joke heard `round the world in Beverly Hills during a promotional tour for his new film “The Gunman,” saying that… Read more »