Visas

  • US plans to allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America 08-04-2014 05:26 PM

    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...
  • Congress taunts BJP over denial of US visa to Narendra Modi 06-04-2014 11:40 PM

    With BJP fishing out a video clip of US President Barrack Obama to justify Amit Shah's controversial "revenge" remark, Congress on Sunday took a dig at the Opposition party reminding it of visa denial by US to Narendra Modi. "The Barack Obama fixation continues for the BJP. Amit Shah being...
  • Indians see higher denial rate of L1 visa: Report 01-04-2014 08:12 AM

    Washington: Indians are experiencing a significantly higher denial rate of L-1 visa compared to the applicants from any other country, an American think tank has said. "It appears much of the increase in the denial rate has been focused on Indian nationals. US Citizenship and Immigration Services denied more new...
  • US to accept H-1B visas from today 01-04-2014 08:04 AM

    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...
  • Full diplomatic immunity for Modi if he becomes PM, says US report 01-04-2014 07:28 AM

    Washington: The nine-year US visa ban on Narendra Modi will automatically be lifted and he would enjoy diplomatic immunity if he becomes the prime minister, a Congressional report said on Monday. "Modi is widely considered to be one of the front-runners as prime ministerial candidate of his Bharatiya Janata Party....
  • Jajmau: Pak woman held in Kanpur for overstay 31-03-2014 04:03 PM

    An elderly Pakistani woman has been arrested for allegedly overstaying in the country after expiry of her visa and submitting fake documents for visa extension, police said on Monday. 70-year-old Surya Khatoon belongs to Karachi and was living in the city even after her visa had expired, they said. She...
  • MEA disappointed with Devyani Khobragade's re-indictment 15-03-2014 03:21 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed disappointment at the re-indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US visa fraud case. The MEA also said that this was an unnecessary action. Khobragade's father too has slammed the action saying it is a result of aggression. "The act...
  • Devyani's re-indictment an act of aggression, says her father 15-03-2014 11:20 AM

    In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. Devyani Khobragade's father, Uttam Khobragade said that this is a clear act of aggression and looks like it was deliberately...
  • Diplomat Devyani Khobragade re-indicted, arrest warrant issued 15-03-2014 07:25 AM

    New York: In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. The new indictment that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan has charged Khobragade for the submission...
  • Khobragade re-indicted in US visa fraud case 15-03-2014 12:23 AM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and stripsearch soured Indo-US relations, was on Friday re-indicted on US visa fraud charges, a day after a US court dismissed an earlier indictment. In fresh trouble for Khobragade, federal prosecutors re-indicted the Indian diplomat on charges of visa fraud and making false statements...
  • US-based Indian lawyer hopes Devyani Khobragade isn't re-indicted 13-03-2014 01:18 PM

    New York: With the indictment on visa fraud charges against Devyani Khobragade being dismissed in the US, an eminent Indian-American attorney said one should hope that the Indian diplomat is not re-indicted on new charges. US District Judge Shira Scheindlin said in her 14-page order on Wednesday that "it is...
  • Devyani Khobrade case: I am happy with US court verdict, says father 13-03-2014 12:30 PM

    A US court has dismissed Devyani Khobragade's indictment in a visa fraud case. The court has ruled in favour of Khobragade saying she had full diplomatic immunity when the indictment was returned against her on January 9. ...
  • US court dismisses indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani 13-03-2014 07:15 AM

    Washington: In a major relief for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a US court has dismissed her indictment in a visa fraud case. The court has ruled in favour of Khobragade saying she had full diplomatic immunity when the indictment was returned against her on January 9. Reacting to the order,...
  • US denies going soft on Narendra Modi 28-02-2014 01:20 PM

    Denying it had gone soft on Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his alleged role in 2002 Gujarat riots, the US says it continues to express concerns about communal violence across India. Unlike previous years, India section of the State Department's Congressionally mandated "2013 Country Reports on...
  • Sri Lanka hurt by Indian visa snub 13-02-2014 07:27 PM

    Sri Lanka on Thursday described as "unfair" India's decision to exclude its nationals from availing of a visa-on-arrival facility and said it was trying to get the move reversed. "I personally feel that Sri Lanka should be treated with more decorum. More than being unfair, it leaves a bad taste...
  • US ambassador Nancy Powell meets Narendra Modi signalling a thaw 13-02-2014 10:08 AM

    Gandhinagar: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in Gandhinagar, signalling a thaw. This comes nine years after the US had refused to give Modi a diplomatic visa. Nancy Powell arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening....
  • No change in visa policy for Narendra Modi, says US 13-02-2014 08:57 AM

    Washington: The US has scotched speculation that the meeting between its Ambassador Nancy Powell and Narendra Modi would lead to lifting of the visa ban on BJP's prime ministerial candidate, insisting there was no change in its nine-year-old policy that came in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat riots. "When individuals...
  • Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, US may end 9-year boycott of Modi 11-02-2014 11:45 PM

    New Delhi: The US government is likely to end its 9-year long boycott of Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. US ambassador to India Nancy Powell has sought a meeting with Modi after officially boycotting him for years. The meeting scheduled on Thursday will...
  • Modhwadia plays down Powell's meeting with Modi 11-02-2014 01:44 PM

    Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia has played down the slated meeting of US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powel with BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. ...
  • Devyani seeks dismissal of visa fraud case in US court 08-02-2014 12:49 PM

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has sought dismissal of the visa fraud case against her on the ground that the indictment was filed in a court here a day after the US accorded her full diplomatic immunity and the country did not have criminal jurisdiction over her. Devyani's lawyer...
  • Visa-on-arrival to be extended to tourists from 180 countries 06-02-2014 07:50 AM

    New Delhi: India will extend visa-on arrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take...
  • India to extend visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 countries 05-02-2014 11:24 PM

    New Delhi: India will extend visa-on-arrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 5-6...
  • Narendra Modi free to apply for visa: US 01-02-2014 03:34 PM

    Washington: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was free to apply for an American visa and a decision on it would be made on the process that is in place, according to a senior US official. "We said he (Modi) is free to apply for a visa, and we'll make...
  • Devyani Khobragade's claim of immunity challenged by US prosecutors 01-02-2014 10:03 AM

    New York: Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute, holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday. Khobragade was arrested on December 12 on charges that she...
  • Bharara given time till January 31 to respond to Khobragade's plea 18-01-2014 10:23 AM

    New York: A US judge here has granted Manhattan's top prosecutor Preet Bharara time till January 31 to file his opposition to the motion submitted by Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade seeking dismissal of the indictment against her on visa fraud charges. Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack had on January 14 filed...
  • American School in Delhi not run by Embassy: US 17-01-2014 01:51 PM

    The American Embassy School in New Delhi, which is being accused by the Indian government of violating visa and local laws, is not run by the US mission, a senior State Department official has said. However, the US is talking with India at the diplomatic level to address concerns of...
  • Pakistan for relaxing visa regime to boost business ties 16-01-2014 09:01 PM

    Pakistan on Thursday made a strong case for relaxing visa regime, improving mobile connectivity and facilitating banking relationship to boost trade and business between the two neighbours. "The non-tariff barrier has nothing to do with trade at all... It is the visa regime (which is hampering movement of businessmen and...
  • American Embassy school under scanner for visa, tax violations 16-01-2014 04:59 PM

    The elite American Embassy school in New Delhi is under scanner for suspected violations of tax laws and visa status of some of its staff which the Indian government views as "institutionalised fraud". The sprawling school, located next to the US Embassy on American government-owned land, has about 1500 students...
  • New York: Khobragade seeks dismissal of visa fraud case against her 15-01-2014 10:48 AM

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has asked a court to dismiss the indictment against her and terminate any "open" arrest warrants in visa fraud case, arguing that she was "cloaked" in diplomatic immunity and cannot face criminal prosecution in the US. Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack on Wednesday filed a...
  • Very happy to be back in Mumbai: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade 14-01-2014 06:40 PM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has returned to Mumbai from the US. The envoy who was slapped with visa fraud charges has said she is happy to be back but she still misses her children. ...