Free Press Journal
  • Relief for Indian techies, US says no change in H-1B extension policy

    Washington: In a relief for Indian techies, US authorities today said that the Trump administration is not considering any proposal that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the country. The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) came days after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians. The reports had said it was mulling ending extensions

  • Indian H-1B holders see silver lining

    As he gains in experience and comes face to face with realities, US President Donald Trump is giving up some of his pet but ill-thought-out obsessions and responding to the apprehensions of sections of genuine immigrants. The impulsiveness of the early weeks in office is not completely out but is being tempered somewhat. Significantly, while proposing a merit-based immigration system to Congress, Trump has skirted any reference to H-1B visas which are

  • Misinformation about H1B is good for US: Senator

    “Our H-1B programme is badly outdated. It doesn’t provide enough high-skilled workers to meet demand. And it doesn’t do enough to tamp down various abuses.”  Lee Francis Cissna, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (more…)

  • US accuses TCS, Infosys of violating H-1B visa norms

    Washington: The US has accused top Indian IT firms TCS and Infosys of unfairly cornering the lion’s share of H-1B visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system, which the Trump administration wants to replace with a more merit-based immigration policy.

  • H-1B a trade and services issue, will keep a close watch: India

    New Delhi: India today said it was keeping a “close watch” on the US tightening the H-1B visa rules which will impact Indian IT industry and professionals, and asserted that the issue will be taken up with the Trump administration.

  • Applications for H1-B to be accepted from April 3

    Washington : The US will start accepting applications for H-1B work visas for fiscal 2018 from April 3 amid the uncertainties surrounding the visa programme, the most sought after by Indian IT firms and professionals.

  • ‘US wants PhDs not mid-level workers’

    Washington : H-1B work visa and employment-based green card categories, popular among Indian-Americans, are often not consistent with their purposes as they do not bring in PhDs and computer scientists but only mid-level data management workers, a top Senator has said.

  • H-1B visa programme faces an onslaught of House Bills

    Washington : With the Trump administration seriously mulling H-1B visa reforms, at least half a dozen Bills have been tabled in the US House of Representatives and the Senate, contending that the programme that is popular among Indian IT firms eats into American jobs.

  • Lawsuit filed seeking transparency in US’ H-1B visa lottery

    Washington: Two top American immigration- related advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking transparency into the lottery process of H-1B work visas, the most sought after for IT professionals, particularly those from India.

  • H-1B visa reform bill unveiled in US Senate

    Washington : A bipartisan legislation seeking reform of the popular H-1B visa programme and modifying wage requirements has been introduced in the Senate with an aim to check “abuse of the system”, a move that could have implications for the Indian techies working in America, reports PTI. This provision would crackdown on outsourcing firms that import large numbers of H-1B and L-1 workers for short training periods and then send these workers back

  • US Congress lets ‘discriminatory’ outsourcing H-1B fee lapse

    Washington: 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. The charges, often called outsourcing fee, had forced Indian IT companies in the last few years to pay millions of dollars towards protecting the US-Mexican border from illegal immigration.