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US: OPT program challenged in court

The future of Optional Practical Training in the US has been called into question once again after a union representing STEM labour market workers, the Washington Alliance of Technology, renewed its efforts to end the program.

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Colleges fear losing international students over visa delays

Dozens of institutions have urged the government to expedite the approval process in order to stem the loss of foreign students.

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H-1B visa: Employers to prove future work exists for applicants

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued service requests for companies applying for US visa program. 

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill

After six months of primarily internal Democratic Party wrangling, on July 18, 2019 the House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act, which, if it became law, would progressively increase the federal minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over a six-year period. 

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Congress Asks USCIS To Explain Immigration Delays And Denials

International students now experience delays for Optional Practical Training (OPT) that last 5 months or more, which means an internship has likely ended by the time an approval for the student comes through from USCIS.

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Fee Increase Implemented for F, M, and J Applicants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented an increase in application fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) for both students and schools.

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Changes to Public Charge Rule Drastically Increase Number of Denied U.S. Immigrant Visas

Reuters is reporting that denials of U.S. visas have increased drastically following a change in the “public charge” rule by the Trump Administration.

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Significant Retrogression Because of Continuing High Demand for Visas, State Department Announces

EB-1 retrogresses by almost 2 years for most countries to July 1, 2016, except India, which stays at January 1, 2015;

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Indians Received 67-72% Of Total U.S. H1-B Visas In Last Five Years

According to the data, 125,528 Indian nationals were issued H-1B visas in 2018 while 129,097 Indian nationals were issued H-1B visas in 2017. In 2016, 126,692 Indian nationals were granted H-1B visa while in 2015, as many as 119,952 Indian nationals were granted H-1B visa.

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US firm pays $58,000 in back wages for H1B certification program violations

A US company from California has paid $58,815 to two employees after a federal investigation found violations of the H-1B foreign labour certification program.

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