H 1B Visas

  • Backlash stirs in US against H-1B visas July 7, 2014

    Miami/Washington: Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one...
  • US plans job authorisation to spouses of certain H-1B workers May 8, 2014

    Washington: As part of its efforts to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants from countries like India, the US on Tuesday announced two proposals, including a rule to extend employment authorisation to spouses of certain H-1B workers. Together these actions will help attract new businesses and new investment to the US...
  • US plans to allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America April 9, 2014

    Washington: Spouses of H-1B visa holders with technical skills may be allowed to work in the US under a new initiative by the Obama administration to attract the best and brightest from across the world. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the...
  • US to accept H-1B visas from today April 1, 2014

    Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made elaborate arrangement for receiving applications for the much coveted H-1B visas, beginning today, to meet the expected rush. The agency will determine the allocation of visas, highly popular among IT professionals, through computerised draw of lots. "USCIS anticipates receiving more than...
  • Parl delegation meets US lawmakers over H-1B visa June 5, 2013

    Washington: Indian Parliamentarians met top American lawmakers to raise India's concerns over the immigration bill, in particular those related to the H-1B visa issues. A delegation of seven MPs under the banner of India-US Forums of Parliamentarians of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), included Biju...
  • US: Senate passes landmark immigration reform bill May 22, 2013

    Washington: The landmark immigration bill, which offers a path to citizenship for more than 11 million - including over 260,000 Indians - undocumented immigrants and increasing H-1B visas today passed its first legislative test. The Senate Judiciary Committee on the fifth day of its deliberations that included 300 amendments to the...
  • US: Senators reach deal on H-1B visa expansion plan May 21, 2013

    Washington: In a "major breakthrough", two influential American Senators on Tuesday reached an agreement on the contentious H-1B visa expansion plan, which Congressional aides said is a compromise between the demand of the tech-industry and the concerns of the labour unions. The deal reached between Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and...
  • US engineers ask Senate to reject expansion of H1B visas May 14, 2013

    Washington: A professional US body of engineers has asked the Senators to reject any move to increase the number of H-1B visas, popular among Indian professionals, arguing that it has a damaging effect on American economy. In a statement issued on Monday, IEEE-USA - the largest American body of professional...
  • US senator accuses TCS, Infosys, Wipro of abusing H-1B visas April 24, 2013

    Washington: Amidst Congressional debate on the comprehensive immigration reform, a top US Senator has accused big Indian IT companies - TCS, Infosys and Wipro - of abusing the H-1B visa system. "There are some specific abuses of H-1B," Senator Richard Durbin, said during a Congressional hearing on immigration reform by...
  • Congressmen urged to raise H-1B quota for Indian IT workers April 12, 2013

    Washington: Observing that nearly 30 per cent of all companies started in the US in 2011 had immigrant founders, Indian IT professionals have appealed to Congressmen to not only consider increasing the H-1B quota but also quick and smooth green card for them. They told the Congressmen that the immigrant-based...
  • Microsoft proposes Rs 5 lakh fee for new category of H1B visa October 1, 2012

    Washington: In a proposal that will hit Indian IT companies the most, US software giant Microsoft Corporation has suggested a whopping fee of $10,000 (over Rs 5 lakh) for a new category of H-1B visas and $15,000 (more than Rs 7.5 lakh) for permanent residency or Green Card. This could...
  • New York has the highest demand of H1B visas July 19, 2012

    Washington: The New York metropolitan area has the highest demand of H-1B visas, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Washington, a new report on geographical distribution of this most sought after work visas has revealed. "The New York metropolitan area had by far the highest demand for H-1Bs:...
  • Rising visa costs may pinch IT cos' profits July 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian IT companies, including market leaders TCS and Infosys, may have to bear huge costs towards employee visa fees going ahead, which in turn can put pressure on their profit margins. Difficult visa norms, particularly in the US - one of the most important markets for the Indian software...
  • Cap on US H1B visa reached June 13, 2012

    Washington: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it has reached the cap on congressionally mandating 65,000 H-1B work visas, the most sought after by Indian professionals. This is for the first time in several years, in particular during the recent economic crisis, that the cap on H-1B...
  • US hikes H-1B visa fee; move to hit Indian IT cos March 29, 2012

    Washington: In a move that is expected to hit Indian IT companies majorly, the US government has decided to hike H-1B visa fee from next fiscal even as the maximum number of applications for fiscal year 2013 has been retained at 65,000. In a statement, USCIS listed out the details...
  • Good news for American visa-seekers March 21, 2012

    New Delhi: In what may come as good news to American visa applicants, the United States on Wednesday announced that Indians who are renewing their visas, valid or expired, within four years, are likely to get waiver for a personal interview. "This new programme will permit consular officers to waive interviews...
  • High rate of denial of US visas to Indians: Report February 10, 2012

    Washington: US immigration authorities, in the past four years, have increased denial of work-related visas, with India-born professionals being refused at higher rates than nationals of other countries, an American think tank said in a report on Friday. Analysis of new data obtained from US Citizenship and Immigration Services showed the...
  • 'H-1B, L1 visa fee increase impact US firms' June 4, 2011

    Washington: The increase in H-1B and L1 visa fee by US Congress to fund enhanced border security measures, which was basically intended to have financial implications on Indian companies, is impacting American firms too, a key Democratic Congressman has said, highlighting the need to fix this. "Mr Speaker, I rise to...
  • Infosys broke visa rule? US Senator wants probe April 15, 2011

    Washington: A top US lawmaker has demanded investigations into the allegations that Infosys management in India decided to use the B-1 business visitor visa program to get around H-1B program restrictions. Senator Chuck Grassley on Thursday wrote to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, seeking...
  • US H-1B visa reaches mandated cap of 65,000 January 28, 2011

    Washington: Applications for US H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian professionals for working in America, have reached the Congressional-mandated cap of 65,000 for the current fiscal with USCIS receiving an unusually high number of petitions in the first four weeks of this month. In a statement, US Customs and...
  • 11,000 H1-B visas still available as 2010 ends December 31, 2010

    Washington: For the first time, about 11,000 H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian professionals for working in the US, has found no takers indicating a grim employment scenario in the country and the steep hike in the visa fee daunting the job-seekers. Of the 65,000 mandated H-1B visa slots,...
  • Indian techies working abroad on choppy waters August 31, 2010

    Body shop or chop shop? The Indian presence in the US job market is under the spotlight again. The storm "The emergency border funds will be paid for by assessing fees on foreign companies known as chop shops that outsource good, high-paying American technology jobs to lower wage, temporary immigrant workers from...
  • India may drag US to WTO for H1-B visa fee August 17, 2010

    New Delhi: India may drag US to the World Trade Organisation for its new "protectionist" move in hiking professional visa fees, a step that will make Indian IT companies less competitive in the American market. The fee hike is expected to cost Indian companies, mainly IT outsourcing firms, about $ 200...
  • Hike in US visa fees to hurt Indian tech cos August 11, 2010

    Washington: In what could deal a serious blow to Indian tech companies, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to steeply hike US visa fees for skilled workers to raise $ 600 million in emergency funding to help secure the US-Mexico border. Senators passed a similar plan last week....
  • Indians grab one-third of US H-1B work visas July 8, 2010

    Washington: Indian professionals grabbed one-third of the H-1B visas in 2009, even as there was a slump for the most coveted US work visas in the past two years. For the second year in running, there appears to be a low key response to the US H-1B visas with only...
  • US degree may become passport to green cards May 1, 2010

    Washington: An advanced degree from US universities may well prove to be a passport for a US green card, or permanent residency, if a proposal by top Democratic senators to attract the world's "best and the brightest" is accepted. India, which sends the highest number of students to the US, stands...
  • No Indian takers for US H-1B work visa April 9, 2010

    Washington: The US has received only 13,500 petitions in the first week for H-1B visa, the most sought after work visa by Indian IT professionals, as against the mandated cap of 65,000 reflecting the poor employment market in that country. The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as mandated by the US...
  • US to take 65,000 H-1B applications from April 1 March 9, 2010

    Washington: The United States will start accepting applications for 65,000 H-1B visas for skilled professionals coveted by Indian techies for fiscal 2011 from April 1. "Cases will be considered accepted on the date that it takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee; not the date that...
  • Slump sinks US H-1B visa programme October 30, 2009

    Washington: For the first time since 2003, the US H-1B visa programme coveted by Indian IT professionals is on track to leave thousands of spots unfilled amid America's worst downturn in decades, the Wall Street Journal reported. Last year, even as the recession began to bite, employers snapped up the 65,000...
  • US Senators say new H1B visa rule won’t hurt India October 19, 2009

    The new law in the US will make it easier for firms to hire Indians. ...