The Immigration Reform Bill unveiled by a bipartisan group of Senators has several provisions that could benefit Indians — if passed — including protection for H-1B visa holders’ children who become adults during the green card wait, automatic work authorisation for H-1B workers’ spouses and additional green cards.
The total foreign-born population in the US, legal and illegal, was 49.5 million in October 2023 — a record 4.5 million increase since President Joe Biden took office in 2021, a study by Washington-based think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found. At 15 per cent, the immigrant or foreign-born share of the US population is also the highest ever recorded in American history, CIS said, citing an October 2023 survey by the Census Bureau.
United States Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, on Wednesday, said that the wait time for first-time tourist visa interviews has been reduced by more than 50 per cent, adding that goal for 2023 is to process at least one million visas. Speaking at IIT Delhi, Garcetti highlighted the progress made in visa processing, stating that the US Mission in India is currently processing visas faster than ever before.
A 49-year-old Indian American man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for illegally bringing hundreds of Indian nationals across the border from Canada and then to locations in the midwest and beyond, using ride-hailing major Uber. Rajinder Pal Singh, aka Jaspal Gill of Elk Grove in California, was sentenced on Tuesday at the District Court in Seattle for Conspiracy to Transport and Harbor Certain Aliens for Profit and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.
Partha Chakraborty says: If you want to know what “American Values” are, ask an immigrant risking everything to access it. That makes immigrants’ values American values, and the other way around… Immigrants are the raison d’être of the Republic. Anything else is something less, and you know it.
A group of US lawmakers, including Indian American Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ami Bera, have reintroduced a bipartisan legislation to protect children of-long-term visa holders from aging out when they turn 21, forcing them to self-deport.
In a bid to fix the US immigration system, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and other Democrats introduced a Citizenship Act to deliver a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the country. The US Citizenship Act 2023 will make way for Dreamers, recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), agricultural workers, including their spouses and children, immediately eligible for green cards.
Amid the massive ongoing layoffs in the tech sector, a group of lawmakers from Silicon Valley has written to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) enquiring about the federal agency’s efforts to ensure highly-skilled H-1B visa holders can remain in the country after losing their jobs.
The Anti-Human Traffic Unit (AHTU) of CID-Crime will investigate the death of four members of a Gujarat family on the US-Canada border, a top official said on Tuesday. The four individuals died when their boat capsized in the St Lawrence River on the Quebec-New York border of Canada while attempting to cross into the US illegally.
In a big win for immigration, earlier this week, the US administration announced a policy manual change under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) to protect certain non-citizen children (called Dreamers, after the Dream Act), including Indians, from losing eligibility to obtain lawful permanent resident status.
In her comprehensive work, California’s Pioneering Punjabis: An American Story (The History Press), author Lea Terhune presents the heroic odyssey of the pioneer Punjabis who arrived in California during the closing years of the19th century and through the length of the 20th century, lacing the narrative with historic never-before-seen photographs.
Immigration Voice, a nationwide nonprofit of high-skilled immigrants, called on the administration to “stop issuing such new H-1B visas until the discriminatory per county limits on employment-based green cards are finally lifted and immigrants from India are no longer treated as indentured servants in the United States.”
RITU JHA President Trump’s executive order to ban temporary work permit visas such as the H-1B will hurt tech companies already suffering due to pandemic, venture capitalists and immigration experts believe. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, since 1990 each year they release (issuance of visa) 65,000 H-1B visa to foreign national to […]
This major victory still gives the administration an opportunity to terminate the program again on legal grounds.
Some requirements of additional documentation for H-1B visas to go.
indica News Service – President Donald Trump has said that he is going to sign an executive order which will temporarily ban immigration in the United States. Trump said: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be […]
Vinita Gupta- Perhaps the learnings of the European Union and the Marshall Plan can help. Immigration issues are real for liberals and conservatives alike.Over the years, the influx of immigrants to the coastal regions of America has spurred their economies.It is the cross-fertilization of American integrity and ingenuity, with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse immigrants […]
indica News Bureau- The U.S. government has nearly doubled the cost for foreign investors seeking a conditional green card leading to permanent residency under the decades-old EB-5 visa program, according to published reports. Under the revised rules published Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the EB-5 visa – created in 1990 to create jobs, […]
Ritu Jha – Nine asylum-seekers from India on hunger strike at the El Paso Processing Center in Texas are allegedly being treated inhumanely, being strapped to the bed and forced-fed, resulting in injury and mental trauma. “They are on hunger strike demanding justice,” Preet Singh, an attorney representing detainees, told indica. Singh said that […]
Ritu Jha – Students are chained, not given proper food and are terrified, according to a relative of one of the students caught in the fake university sting set up by US authorities. They are among hundreds of people enrolled at the University of Farmington, a fake university set up by the Department of […]
USCIS officials to get discretionary powers to reject incomplete applications, without requests for information Ritu Jha Frivolous filings are why the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has to take a strong decision about the recent policy memorandum (PM) that gives USCIS adjudicators discretionary power to deny an application, petition, or request without […]
The Trump administration considers a plan to end their Temporary Protected Status Ritu Jha It was an earthquake that drove them out. But the Trump administration could drive them back. Thousands of Nepali immigrants in the US who came over after the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015, may have to return […]
Anti-immigrant group’s message in BART system worries Indians, the largest beneficiaries of the program Ritu Jha A controversial poster targeting H1-B visa workers have been placed across the Bay Area Rapid Transit train system in California. The 200 signs have been placed at San Francisco’s Civic Center station and Oakland’s 19th Street station, […]