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Backchannel efforts begin to resolve US visa fee issue

According to Nasscom, the visa fee hike will restrict and reduce the usage of H1B and L1 visas by Indian technology companies.

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Critical Filing Dates for FY 2017 H-1B Cap

Employers who wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2017 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2016 for a start date of October 1, 2016.  The H-1B visa is used by businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals to work in a specialty occupation requiring theoretical or technical expertise.  For FY 2017, cases will be considered accepted on the date that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes possession of the petition, not on the date it was postmarked.

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Over 14,000 Indians overstayed in US in 2015

Of the nearly nine lakh Indians who visited the US on visitor or business visa in 2015, more than 14,000 overstayed, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report has said.

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Wipro to hire more workers in US to offset hike in H-1B visa fees

India’s top software services firm Wipro said the recent H1B visa fee hike by the US will have a “large impact running into multi-million dollars”, on Monday. The company will try to hire more locals in the US to offset the impact.

 

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Update on STEM OPT Extension Rule

A February 12, 2016, court-imposed deadline to determine the fate of certain student work permits is fast approaching. At this point, it is unclear whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be able to meet its regulatory target date to extend work permits granted to certain students with F-1 visas. The failure to act or extend the work permits may adversely affect the continued employment of these workers.

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F1 visa students shouldn’t be allowed to work for 6 years in US

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested the District Court in the District of Columbia for more time, till May 10, 2016, to review the comments received on the proposed extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) time for F1 visa students, while keeping intact the present rules to give work permits after graduating from accredited colleges and universities in the US.

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Supreme Court to review Obama’s immigration plan

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would consider a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules. The court, which has twice rejected challenges to Obama’s health care law, will now determine the fate of one of his most far-reaching executive actions.

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Bond set at $1.5M for woman arrested in shooting of ASU student, Yue Jiang

A woman facing a pre-meditated first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of an Arizona State University student over the weekend is being held on $1.5 million bond.

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Trump says he'll force Apple to manufacture in the U.S.

Donald Trump says a lot of things that are nonsense, and that's being nice about it. He's going to get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Yup, ok, sure. His favorite book is The Bible. Hahahahaha. Oh, please, stop it, you're killing me! He makes grand, bold statements that he has to know will never come true, or are just outright lies. The only people who don't seem to know that they won't are his supporters.

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Care-a-Van provides rides for groceries to international students

Volunteers addressed the needs of new international students by giving them free rides to Wal-Mart.

 

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