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Foreign Students Not a Threat, but an Advantage

An undeniable shift is taking place across U.S. campuses with the number of international students increasing rapidly. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of foreign students studying in the United States increased by 55 percent with continuing growth anticipated in the years ahead.
 

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Beware this driver license mistake can deport you

There are many states where the application for a driver’s license also includes a section allowing applicants to register to vote.

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Green Card wait time for Indians upto 70 years

Professionally qualified Indians may have to wait as long as 70 years to get their Green Card in the US, a new study has said, amid growing concerns that the present country-specific quota policy poses a major hurdle in attracting talent from countries like India and China.

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India sends more students than China to top countries for higher studies

WASHINGTON, DC: India sends the most number of students to the main English-speaking countries for higher studies, outpacing China for the first time, according to a report by a New Delhi-based company.

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US offers to pay social security taxes back to Indians who work in the US for at least 4-5 years

NEW YORK: After five years, the US and India are back to the negotiating table on the contentious issue of a Totalization pact, which would entail giving back social security contributions to Indian workers who work temporarily in the country, and then return back to India.

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Update on Lawsuit over H4 EAD

Yesterday was the hearing for the preliminary injunction over the DHS regulations authorizing work under H-4 visas (for the spouses of H-1B visa holders; some background on the lawsuit is here.) This hearing was not on the merits of the case – whether DHS is permitted by law to grant work authorization to H-4 visa holders – but rather whether implementation of the new regulations (which are scheduled to go into effect next week) should be put on hold until the lawsuit is resolved. Normally, each party spends 15 minutes answering the judge's questions. I was answering questions for 45 minutes.

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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

On February 26, 2015, USCIS hosted a teleconference about new regulatory changes, effective May 26, 2015, that extend employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.

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Significant Development for Employers of H-1B Workers - Change of Worksite Triggers Need for New LCA and Amended Petition

In a recent precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Administrative Appeals Office has taken the position that a change in the place of employment of an H-1B foreign national to an area not covered by the original Labor Condition Application supporting the current H-1B petition is a “material change” in the beneficiary’s employment.  Therefore, not only is a new LCA required, but also an amended H-1B petition is required.

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Illegal Aliens Given Priority Over Legal Immigrants Already in Line

http://bit.ly/163AglRWhen President Obama effectively granted amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal aliens in December, I reported that the funding to pay for new programs would come directly from fees paid by legal immigrants through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This fact still remains true. 

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H1B Premium Processing Suspended

Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015.

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