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.

US H-1B visa cap reached in five days

The US on Monday announced that it has received the sufficient number of applications for its much coveted H-1B work visas to meet the Congressional mandated cap of 65,000.

US to accept H-1B visas from today

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.

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

The US has invited applications from aspirants for the coveted H-1B visas, hugely popular among Indian IT companies, from April 1.

US talks of difficulty in addressing India`s visa concerns

The US has spoken about difficulty in addressing India`s concerns over visa issues in its comprehensive immigration reform bill and those related to taxation.

Provisions of Immigration bill self-defeating for US

Certain provisions of the current immigration reforms bill, in particular those related to the H-1B visas, are self-defeating for the United States, a top Indian economist has said.

Current H-1B visa system incredibly disruptive: Microsoft

The current H-1B visa system, the numerical limit of which was set by the Congress in 1990, is incredibly disruptive to business planning and operations of US employers, software giant Microsoft told lawmakers Monday.

US law to check H-1B visa fraud

Amid a contentious debate over comprehensive immigration reforms, a top Republican senator has introduced a bill to eliminate what he calls "fraud and abuse" from H-1B visa programme coveted by Indian techies.

'H-1B visa programme discriminates against women'

The much sought after H-1B visa programme, particularly among Indian technology graduates, discriminates against women, a US Congressional Committee was told, citing that workers coming to America under the scheme were mostly men.