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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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OPT Pending More than 90 Days

REQUEST TO EXPEDITE A PENDING OPT APPLICATION
The USCIS Potomac Service Center has provided the following guidance and information regarding a request to expedite a pending application. The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) can take 90 days or more to be approved.

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DHS Proposes New Public Charge Rule

Applicants for a green card and for most nonimmigrant visas (including work, student and tourist visas) will be subject to the new DHS rule on “public charge” determination.

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Infosys Built Its Global Machine With Indian Workers. Can It Adjust to Trump’s ‘Hire American’?

When Infosys, a big Indian technology outsourcing company, opened a new office in Indianapolis this year, executives hailed it as a step along a new path.

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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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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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Draft proposes fresh US immigration curb

A majority of H-1B visa holders, who constitute a significant chunk of the Indian diaspora in the US, may not fall afoul of this “public charge” draft proposal, a 447-page document which was put out by the Trump administration on September 22. However, the proposal requires them to attest self-sufficiency at the time of seeking an extension or change in status, eg from student visa to H-1B.

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