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H-1B visas set to get tougher as US moots stricter norms on ‘specialty occupation’

The American Dream could get more distant for Indian aspirants. In recent times, officials of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have been rejecting several H-1B applications, (including for extensions) on the grounds that the job is not a ‘specialty occupation’.

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Indian IT Jobs To Be Affected As Donald Trump Govt Plans Changes To H1B Visas


The Trump administration plans to "revise the definition" of employment and employer-employee relationship to "better protect" US workers and wages.

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High-Stakes Lottery for H-1B Visas May Become Simpler Next Year

Companies competing for a limited number of H-1B skilled guestworker visas could find the process simpler come 2019, the director of the program said.

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Trump administration to propose major changes in H-1B visas

The Trump administration has said it is coming out with new proposals to not only revise the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas, but also the definition of employment under this foreign work visa category which is popular among Indian companies.

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Issues with being Out of Status on H-1B or F-1 Status – Unlawful Presence

This article applies to most of the non-immigrants though it is being published here mainly as it pertains to the non-immigrants on F-1 or H-1 status.

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IT companies file lawsuit against USCIS over shorter duration of H1B visas

WASHINGTON: An IT advocacy group representing more than 1,000 small IT companiesmostly run by Indian-Americans has filed a lawsuit against the US immigration agency for issuing H-1B visas for shorter than three years durations. 

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Lawsuit against US immigration body over shorter H-1B visas

Taken aback by recent policy changes introduced by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which have resulted in grant of H-1B visas for a few days or months as opposed to the typically requested three-year period, a US-based trade association has recently filed a lawsuit in a US district court. 

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New USCIS Policy Memo and Efforts to Combat Fraud in the H-1B Visa Program

Starting October 1, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin implementing its June 28, 2018 policy memorandum1 to prioritize the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.2

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Challenges Facing a Successful H-1B Visa Petition and Some Solutions

The most popular nonimmigrant “professional” work visa, called the H-1B, is facing more headwinds. It is already subject to a visa lottery due to a cap on the number of visas authorized annually by Congress (85,000), with more petitions than there are visas available (this year: 195,000, last year, 225,000). A professional qualified for an H-1B visa holds a “specialty occupation”. A specialty occupation is considered to be one that requires the minimum of either a US Bachelor’s Degree, foreign equivalent, related work experience, or combination thereof, would equal such a degree. Frequently, a professional evaluation is needed to analyze a foreigner’s education and/or employment experience to equate it with a US Bachelor’s Degree. A three to one formula often applies for work experience, meaning that three years of related work experience can be considered equal to one year of US college. Thus, twelve years of incremental related work experience might equal a US Bachelor’s Degree.

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