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 visa fee hike discriminatory, targeted at Indian IT companies: Arun Jaitley

US visa fee hike discriminatory, targeted at Indian IT companies: Arun Jaitley

India has expressed concern over the hike in visa fee by the US, saying it is "discriminatory" and largely affects Indian IT professionals

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.

H-1B cap reached, majority of applications by Indian companies

H-1B cap reached, majority of applications by Indian companies

The US government is believed to have received about 250,000 petitions for H-1B visas - the most sought after American work visas - with a majority of them being from either Indian companies or having huge footprint in India.

 

Want a US visa? Head to Hyderabad's Chilkur Balaji temple to make it happen!

Want a US visa? Head to Hyderabad's Chilkur Balaji temple to make it happen!

The Chilkur Balaji temple, built as a shrine to Lord Balaji, is said to be about 500 years old.

To tackle ISIS, US tightens visa rules for travellers with Mideast ties

Citizens of the 38 countries, which are part of the visa waiver programme, would no longer be able to get an automatic entry into the United States.

US hikes H1B, L1 visa fee; to hit Indian IT companies

US hikes H1B, L1 visa fee; to hit Indian IT companies

In a blow to Indian IT firms, the US has notified an additional fee up to USD 4,000 for certain categories of the popular H-1B and L-1 visas.

California shooter's visa record shows routine interview, no flags raised

California shooter's visa record shows routine interview, no flags raised

 The record of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik`s US visa interview in Pakistan shows it was conducted without any obvious irregularities and triggered no significant suspicions, according to a source familiar with the official State Department file.

US varsity blames Air India, students for visa mess

US varsity blames Air India, students for visa mess

A US university official alleged that Air India is preventing students from boarding the plane because of the fear of financial burden in case students are deported.

San Bernardino shooter's visa file raised no red flags: US government sources

San Bernardino shooter's visa file raised no red flags: US government sources

Washington: State Department visa officers conducted all required security checks on Tashfeen Malik, one of two shooters in the San Bernardino massacre early this month, but found no "derogatory" information before granting her a visa to enter the United States in 2013, a person famili

US to increase quota of unskilled foreign workers by 400%

These foreign workers are brought in exclusively to fill blue collar non-farm jobs.

Antim Baazi: US Senate May Cut H1B Visa Quota

US may implement new visa policies of cutting H1B visa quota affecting the IT sector. Strategise on the expected backlash.

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.

US tightens visa waiver programme in wake of Paris attacks

The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver programme on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travellers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel.

H-1B visa: US scraps discriminatory outsourcing fee on Indian firms

H-1B visa: US scraps discriminatory outsourcing fee on Indian firms

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.

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.

 

US: Visa processing back to speed after computer glitch

US visa processing has returned to full strength after hardware problems, the State Department said Monday, noting that 410,000 visas were issued in a week as officials scrambled to clear a huge backlog.

US proposes to expand work permits of foreign students, Indians likely to benefit most

Aiming to attract more students from abroad, including India, the Obama administration has proposed to provide six-year work permit to certain category of foreigners who come to study in the US.

India more progressive than US on transgenders: Activist Amruta Alpana Soni

India is much more progressive than the US when it comes to the third sex, says activist Amruta Alpesh Soni. She is only the second to get an Indian passport in the "T" (transgender) category and the first such to get a US visa, albiet under the "female" category.

'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.