India, US to hold talks on hike in working visa fee

India, US to hold talks on hike in working visa fee

India and the US will hold a two-day bilateral consultation from Wednesday under the aegis of the WTO over the American move to impose high fees on temporary working visas.

US received 236K H-1B applications, completes lottery

US received 236K H-1B applications, completes lottery

The US received over 2,36,000 H-1B petitions in just five days of opening up the process early this month for the most sought-after work visa for IT professionals, including from India, and has completed the computerised draw of lots.

US to start accepting H1B application from April 1

US to start accepting H1B application from April 1

The US would start accepting petitions for popular H-1B work visas for the fiscal year 2017 from the beginning of next month, officials announced on Wednesday.

Indian IT companies shocked as US raises H1B visa fee by double

Indian IT companies shocked as US raises H1B visa fee by double

The next visa application session kicks off on April 1, 2016.

Bad news for Indian IT companies! US double H1B, L1 visa fee

Bad news for Indian IT companies! US double H1B, L1 visa fee

US decided to impose a special fee of USD 4,000 on certain categories of H-1B visas and USD 4,500 on L-1 visas.

A $2,000 H-1B fee on Indian companies could return in US

A $2,000 H-1B fee on Indian companies could return in US

Indian IT companies in the US may end up paying a special USD 2,000 fee again on the popular H-1B and L-1 visas to fund a 9/11 healthcare act, with a group of Congressmen quietly mounting fresh efforts to reimpose it.

US Senators introduce legislation to cut H1B visas by 15,000

Two American Senators have introduced a legislation in the Senate proposing to cut the number of popular H-1B visas by 15,000 and that such a visa be given to highest wage earner first.

Donald Trump says in favour of expanding H-1B visas

Donald Trump says in favour of expanding H-1B visas

Republican candidate for the Presidential race Donald Trump has softened his stance on H-1B visas, and said during a debate that he doesn't mind if talented foreigners stay on legally in America and contribute to the growth of the country.

US Congress lets 'discriminatory' outsourcing H-1B fee lapse

US Congress lets 'discriminatory' outsourcing H-1B fee lapse

In a breather for Indian IT firms, the "discriminatory" USD 2,000 H-1B fee mostly imposed on them has now lapsed in a Republican-majority US Congress.

 

Donald Trump sounds death knell for H 1B visas

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has sounded death knell to the H-1B visas by proposing to raise the minimum wage for this most popular work visas for Indian technology professionals as he released his policy of putting American workers first.

Tech Mahindra sees weak revenue, earnings in Apr-Jun quarter

IT firm Tech Mahindra on Monday warned of weak revenue and earnings in the April-June quarter due to higher visa costs and other headwinds, dragging the company shares by over 9 percent.

Tech Mahindra shares hit over one-year low on Q1 warning

Shares of Tech Mahindra Ltd dropped almost 7 percent to a more than one-year low on Monday after the IT firm warned of a weak first quarter, partly due to higher U.S. visa sponsorship costs for its employees.

US has record number of applications for H-1B tech visas

Applications for H-1B visas allowing U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in science, engineering and computer programming totalled a record 233,000 for fiscal 2016, according to government figures released on Monday.

'H-1B visa system is broken, needs to be fixed'

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 renewed call for Congress to fix the immigration system that keeps US companies from hiring the top world talent they need.

H-1B workers have minimal skills: Infosys whistleblower

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 number of much sought-after visas and plug in the loopholes in the immigration system.

US to start accepting H-1B petitions from April 1

The United States government will start accepting petitions for the H-1B visas, the most sought after work visa for Indian IT professionals, from April 1, an official release said.

Barack Obama assures Modi on concerns over H-1B visa issue

Barack Obama assures Modi on concerns over H-1B visa issue

President Barack Obama has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will look into India's concerns on the H-1B visa issue as part of his comprehensive immigration reform, US officials said Monday.

India and US agree to collaborate on Digital India initiative

India and the US have agreed to collaborate on implementing the ambitious Digital India initiative ahead of American President Barack Obama's Republic day visit to New Delhi.

New US immigration system benefits Indians: Nasscom

"The new measures will protect around five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and streamline procedures to retain students and skilled workers trained in the US," Obama said on the occasion.

US H-1B visa cap reached in five days

On April 1, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had started accepting the applications for the allocation of visas - highly popular among IT professionals - for the fiscal year 2015 beginning October 1, 2014.