FIIDS urges USA government to include documented Dreamers and spouses of backlogged Green Card applicants

On June 18th, President Biden announced that undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens residing in the country for at least 10 years can apply for expedited citizenship. Additionally, undocumented children with college education will be eligible for immediate work visas and future legal residency.

While Biden’s commitment was lauded, the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies USA (FIIDS) recognized a missed opportunity following the announcement.

Over 135 Indian American delegates from 22 states met with more than 83 elected officials from 35 states. Photo: FIIDS

FIIDS hosts US-India summit, discusses key diaspora issues

Several key policy issues were discussed during the US India Summit, hosted by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) at Capitol Hill, on June 13.

Khanderao Kand, Chief of Policy and Strategy, FIIDS said over 135 Indian American delegates from 22 states met with more than 83 elected officials from 35 states. Topics like iCET (initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies and tech export exemption for India, elevating Major Defense Partner status of India, eliminating 7% per country quota to eliminate GC backlog and other immigration reforms, religious bias and hate crimes against Indian Americans, specifically Hindus, and Indo-Pacific security, were discussed.

Agencies, Universities, Student orgs must address spike in deaths of Indian origin students in the US: FIIDS

The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has appealed to government agencies, various universities across the country, as well as nationwide student organizations to come together and address the spike in the death of Indian-origin students in the United States. FIIDS said that over a span of four to five months, a spike in deaths of Indian students in the United States has raised significant concerns among the Indian American community as well as Indian population.

Modi’s US tour ends on a grand diaspora note

Four hundred and twenty buses packed with members of the Indian diaspora drove to Washington DC from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Ohio and New York. Two Chartered planes carried people to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s welcome event at the White House on June 22 and the Indian diaspora event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on June 23.

FIIDS delegates advocate fair immigration policies, congressional resolution on religious phobia

Indian American delegates from all over the United States gathered at Capitol Hill for the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day organized by the Foundation of India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) on April 27. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about policy matters and engage in discussions with more than 75 House representatives and their staff. The delegates aimed to provide a voice for the 4.5 million Indian Americans who contribute to various fields but lack sufficient influence on policy matters.

FIIDS urges India Caucus to increase grace period for laid off H1B visa holders, stop hate crimes

The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has raised issues and policy matters important for Indian Americans before the 118th Congress, the speaker of the house, and recently elected India Caucus leadership. FIIDS has stressed and urged the India Caucus to focus on critical issues like immigration, the US-India partnership, countering terrorism, establishing peace, climate change and international treaties.

Out-of-work Indian immigrants face uncertain future, plead for more grace period

In a concerted campaign, Indian origin tech sector employees and their lawyers have been lobbying with the US government to increase the grace period from 60 days to 180. Under current rules, if H-1B or an L1 visa holders find themselves out of a job, they have to find an employer who is willing to sponsor them within 60 days, or they are sent back to their home country within 10 days after the grace period ends.