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Skilled Visa Process Could Look a Lot Different Next Year

Employers competing for the limited number of H-1B skilled guestworker visas each year should look for a whole new process come 2019.

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Why Fear of Immigrants In Employment Is Short-Sighted At The Dawn Of The Automation Age

Cast in bronze and mounted at the Statue of Liberty is a sonnet that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” 

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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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USCIS Begins Implementing Notices to Appear for Denied Petitions and Applications

As of October 1, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has begun issuing Notices to Appear (“NTA”) in accordance with its original June 28, 2018, policy memorandum (which had been put on hold on July 30, 2018). 

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Drop in Chinese students sparks worries in US universities

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The drop in the number of Chinese going to the United States to study, especially at the undergraduate level, is causing concern in US universities about revenue and academic research.

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Trump’s ‘Buy American and Hire American’ initiative won’t actually help workers

In April 2017, President Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The order restricts U.S. employers’ ability to recruit foreign labor, in particular temporary H-1B visa holders, in the name of “protecting American workers.” But a closer look at the order reveals that it is doing the opposite by failing to give citizens and foreign workers higher pay, better benefits and stronger employment protections.

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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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H1B Visa Rules: 'Public Charge' Can Deny Your US Immigration Application, Should Have Enough Financial Support to Live in Country

Mumbai, October 8: A proposal released by the US Department of homeland security explains that immigration applications can be denied if the applicant is likely at any time to be a public charge, according to a Times of India report. As part of the US immigration law, to be eligible for entry to the US or to apply for a green card, an applicant must be able to prove that they have enough financial support to visit or live in the US without concern of becoming reliant on US government welfare, that is, to become a public charge. H1B Visa Applications: Increase in Denials of H1B Visa Petitions by Indians: Know Fees, Eligibility Criteria & Other Details.

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H-1B: As immigration furor roils Silicon Valley, Canada smooths way for techies

Two weeks: That’s how quickly a foreign technology worker in Silicon Valley can get an employment permit from Canada. In the U.S., that process takes months.

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