Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicH-1B visa

Topic: H-1B visa

Biden admin proposes 18-month delay in calculating prevailing wages of H-1B, other visas

The proposed delay will provide the US Department of Labour with sufficient time to consider the rule's legal and policy issues thoroughly.

US senators urge President Biden to repeal Trump-era ban on H-1B, other foreign work visas

Trump had instituted Proclamation 10052 in June 2020, halting the processing of non-immigrant H-1B, L-1, H-2B & J-1 visas, based on alleged potential risk to the US labour market.

Biden administration delays Trump’s H-1B policy, to continue lottery system until 31 December 2021

On 7 January, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced to do away with the traditional lottery system in deciding the successful applicants for the H-1B visas.

Trump administration announces final rule that will raise prevailing wage rates for H-1B workers

The final rule will improve the accuracy of prevailing wages paid to foreign workers by bringing them in line with the wages paid to similarly employed US workers.

US court blocks two H-1B visa regulations proposed by Trump administration

The policies set aside were one that required employers to pay foreign workers on H-1B significantly higher wages & another that narrowed eligibility valued by US tech firms.

US court dismisses appeal of 169 Indian citizens challenging Trump’s H-1B visa ban

US District Judge Amit P Mehta said they are unlikely to win as such an order would risk diverting limited resources away from applicants who are eligible under an exception to the proclamation.

US President Trump orders freeze on H1-B, H-4 visas till end of 2020

The order was signed by Donald Trump Monday as the US faces an unemployment rate of 13.3% after businesses closed or reduced staff in response to the Covid crisis.

India needs policy ‘predictability’ to be an alternative to China: US-India trade body

Mukesh Aghi, president & CEO of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, says India should make some things easier for companies, like Vietnam & Cambodia do.

Green Card country-cap bill faces Senate test after it is passed by US House of Reps

Lifting the per-country cap would mainly benefit professionals from countries like India, for whom the wait for Green Card is more than a decade.

Under Trump’s new rules, spouses of Indian H-1B visa holders may soon lose their jobs

A study has found that such a shift would likely isolate spouses socially, raise domestic tensions and strain the family’s financial resources.

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