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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 »

Stars and Stripes

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 »

Spouses of H-1B visa holders to get work permits in US

Spouses of H-1B visa holders to get work permits in US

WASHINGTON: In a move that will benefit thousands of Indians, the US has decided to provide work permits to professionally qualified spouses of H-1B visa holders from May 26. Under… Read more »


Immigrants disappointed but not deterred by judge’s ruling

LOS ANGELES: Immigrants expressed disappointment after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama’s plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from… Read more »

President Obama Meets Defense Secretary Ashton Carter In The Oval Office

Law and history on our side, says Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has said both law and history on immigration reform were on his side and his administration will appeal the ruling by a Texas judge that… Read more »


Key issues in the states’ lawsuit over immigration

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation is on hold after a judge temporarily blocked the effort. One… Read more »


New hope for the old H-1B visa program-II

Continued from last week The bill will also bring some respite to H-1B workers whose jobs get suddenly terminated. At present, there is no respite and an H-1B worker is in violation… Read more »

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Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration

WASHINGTON: A congressional stalemate over funding for the Homeland Security Department deepened as Senate Democrats blocked action on the bill for a third straight day to protest Republican language on… Read more »


Important to fix immigration system, says Jeb Bush

WASHINGTON: Citing frustration of the H-1B visa holders from countries like India who don’t get their permanent residency status for years, Republican presidential aspirant Jeb Bush has called for fixing… Read more »

A Catholic priest s joined by Muslim children during a peace march of the Muslim community in Taguig city

6 immigrants accused of helping Islamic group

ST LOUIS: Six Bosnian immigrants have been accused of sending money and equipment to terrorists oversees, including fighters with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq, the US attorney’s… Read more »


After Paris attacks, calls to tighten US visa rules

WASHINGTON: US politicians are calling for changes to a law that allows Europeans and other foreigners to enter the country without visas, citing fears that jihadists could exploit the rules… Read more »


Govt to identify immigrants who might qualify for lenient treatment

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting… Read more »


Democrats may block action on Homeland bill

WASHINGTON: Senate Democrats have threatened to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison House-passed provisions that reverse President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies. Without action… Read more »