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Discriminatory outsourcing fee on Indian firms scrapped

WASHINGTON: In a relief to Indian IT companies, the US has scrapped an additional fee of USD 2,000 for H-1B visa and USD 2,500 for L1 visa seen as discriminatory…. Read more »


India to reduce Electronic Tourist Visa fee

NEW DELHI: India has decided to reduce visa fees for tourists arriving under the highly successful Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) scheme which has facilitated an almost 900 per cent jump… Read more »


Immigrants ‘heartbroken’ over about-face on visas

SEATTLE: Swaroop Venumbaka was thrilled to receive word from the State Department early last month that after eight years in the United States, he would finally be able to file… Read more »

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix.

Arizona sheriff spent own money on spying

PHOENIX: A lieutenant testified that Sheriff Joe Arpaio personally spent $10,000 to help pay for an investigation of a government conspiracy that critics say was designed to get the judge… Read more »

File picture of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., participating in a bill-signing ceremony at the Statehouse in Boston.

Recordings show Ted Kennedy voicing frustrations

BOSTON: In newly released recordings, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy expresses his frustration over the way a failed 2007 immigration bill was handled in the Senate and the secretive approach President… Read more »


Asians expected to become largest US immigrant group

WASHINGTON: In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United… Read more »


‘US cop had no right to shake Indian grandpa down for papers’

WASHINGTON: An American police officer accused of violently assaulting an unarmed 58-year-old Indian grandfather and leaving him partially paralyzed had no reason to think he may have committed a crime,… Read more »

Abdullah Kurdi, centre, the Syrian man who survived a capsizing during a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece, holds his three-year-old-son Alan's body. Alan, his brother Galib, 5, and their mother Reham were buried in Kobani, the Syrian Kurdish region they fled.

Drowned Syrian toddler buried amid shock

SURUC, Turkey: The father of a drowned Syrian toddler whose fate shocked the world returned home to bury his family as European ministers tried to thrash out differences on binding… Read more »

Migrants are welcomed by locals after their arrival at the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany

Bemused refugees get emotional welcome in Germany

MUNICH, Germany: Having braved dangerous journeys to escape war, tired refugees from Syria and other conflict zones were stunned to receive a hero’s welcome as they arrived in Germany over… Read more »

A paramilitary police officer investigates the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum

Image of dead child on beach haunts the world

The photo of the dead 3- year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting. It captures everything we don’t want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers:… Read more »

Sita Jaganath, 7, left, shows her father Siddharth Jaganath a math problem she worked out at their home in Plano, Texas.

Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico

DALLAS: Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master’s degree at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade,… Read more »


Need to expand H-1B visas: USIBC

WASHINGTON: Arguing that limiting the number of H-1B visas would have an impact on global competitiveness of American firms, an influential Indo-US business advocacy group has called for expanding the… Read more »

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, right, is led into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco.

Immigrant suspect fighting murder charge

SAN FRANCISCO: Even if the suspect at the center of a national immigration debate accidentally fired the shot that killed a young woman on San Francisco’s Pier 14, it may… Read more »

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announcing crackdown on fraudulent immigration services.

Wash AG cracks down on unauthorized immigration aid

OLYMPIA, Wash.: Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced that he has taken action against four companies accused of offering fraudulent legal services to immigrants. Ferguson, speaking at a… Read more »

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Impact of Donald Trump’s Immigration proposals

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently proposed a detailed platform of immigration reform. Some of the more controversial plans include having Mexico pay for a wall across the US-Mexican border, plans to… Read more »

James Lankford

‘Some immigrants should be allowed to stay’

OKLAHOMA CITY: An Oklahoma U.S. senator said some immigrants who finish their education in the country should be allowed to stay and work. Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford told the… Read more »


22 asylum-seeker Sikhs freed from jail after hunger strike

WASHINGTON: Twenty of the 22 Indian Sikh asylum-seekers, who were on hunger strike for over two weeks at a detention centre in Florida protesting against alleged unfair practices by immigration… Read more »

The U.S. Justice Department and immigrant rights lawyers have failed to reach an agreement in a lawsuit over conditions faced by immigrant children detained with their mothers after crossing the U.S-Mexico border, according to documents filed in a California federal court

Sides fail to reach settlement in family detention lawsuit

SAN ANTONIO: The U.S. Justice Department and immigrant rights lawyers have failed to reach an agreement in a lawsuit over conditions faced by immigrant children detained with their mothers after… Read more »

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio. Women and children are being released from immigrant detention centers faster on bond, with many mothers assigned ankle-monitoring bracelets in lieu of paying.

Immigrant families released faster from detention

SAN ANTONIO: Mothers with children are being released from Texas immigrant detention centers more quickly in the weeks since the nation’s top immigration official announced policy changes, with far more… Read more »

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Trump’s criticism of McCain overshadows issues

AMES, IOWA: Donald Trump’s criticism that Sen. John McCain isn’t a war hero overshadowed his rivals’ quest for support among evangelical voters at an Iowa political gathering designed to showcase… Read more »