Starting June 24, the United States stopped issuing certain categories of work visas to stop immigrant workers from taking American jobs. The executive order signed by President Trump is valid till at least December 31, and targets the H-1B, H-2B, J-1 and L-1 visa types, along with dependent visas. Trump’s new order bars thousands from getting employed or joining work-study programmes in the US. It restricts American companies from hiring foreigners and blocks spouses of foreigners working in the US from entering the country. This move will also have serious repercussions for Indian techies and the domestic IT industry. Nearly half of a million H-1B visas issued between 2004 and 2012 went to Indians. Along with their dependents, they accounted for more than a fourth of the Indian-American population, which is currently around 3 million. Here are the visas that have been put on hold till December 2020: 1) H-1B visa What is it: The H-1B visa category covers individuals who … [Read more...] about Who all will be hurt the most by Trump’s visa ban
China occupies 38,000 sq km Indian territory in the Aksai Chin region apart from staking claim on Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It was this expansionist policy that led to the ongoing standoff between the Indian Army and the Chinese PLA that escalated into a violent scrap in Ladakh’s Galwan valley. Another 5,163 sq km of Shaksgam valley was illegally ceded by Pakistan to China in 1963. Hence, the total Indian territory occupied by China is over 43 ,000 sq km. … [Read more...] about Trump spotted a pattern in China’s standoff with India. Here are 21 reasons
By Olivia Carville and Shelly Banjo Natasha Bhat learned in late February that her father-in-law had suddenly died. Bhat, 35, recently recalled how she grabbed a backpack and hustled her U.S.-born 4-year-old son to the San Francisco airport to catch a midnight flight to India, her home country. She didn’t anticipate being stuck there indefinitely. Bhat works at a tech company in Silicon Valley on an H-1B visa, and her documents were due for renewal. So she threw them in the bag, knowing she’d have to get the chore taken care of before flying back to the U.S. in a few weeks. But she said her mid-March appointment at the U.S. consulate in Kolkata was canceled when it shut down due to coronavirus concerns. Her return home was delayed further when President Trump signed an executive order last week barring many people on several types of visas, including H-1Bs, from entering the country until 2021. Donald Trump’s executive order is the latest step in his years-long … [Read more...] about Trump’s H-1B order leaves many US workers stuck in India
PUNE: The United States will consider more changes in the H-1B non-immigrant visa programme and restrict work authorisation for spouses of H-1B visa holders. This is according to the 2020 Spring Agenda released by the US administration under President Donald Trump. The Unified Agenda is a biannual regulatory one, providing a roadmap of planned federal rulemaking across various agencies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to revise the definition of specialty occupation to focus more on getting the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme, and revise the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship to better protect US workers and wages, it said. Further, it proposes additional requirements to ensure that employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders. This proposal, which had been mentioned in earlier Unified Agendas as well, is currently at a proposed rulemaking stage and is likely to come up for discussion by year end. … [Read more...] about Trump Spring Agenda proposes changes in H-1B, H4 EAD and OPT programs
By Greg Siskind During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Donald Trump shocked the public when he suggested that he would ban Muslims from entering the US. The remark was widely condemned even by members of his own party. Within a week of his inauguration in January 2017, Trump announced a broad ban on the entry of people from a number of countries in the Middle East. He used an obscure provision on the Immigration and Nationality Act called 212(f) which allows the President to bar the entry of groups of immigrants deemed to be detrimental to the interests of the United States. In the summer of 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States narrowly upheld the President’s use of 212(f) saying the President was entitled to more deference in foreign policy and agreeing that the President had provided documentation justifying his use of the provision (Trump argued that the targeted countries were, among other things, not cooperating with the US in intelligence sharing). Once Trump … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s H-1B visa freeze really help American job seekers?