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H1B, L1 US Entry Ban News – New Exceptions for Stamping, Travel (Aug 2020)

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 84 Comments

As most of you know, on June 22, 2020, Trump issued a Proclamation banning entry of H1B, L1 and other visa holders who present risk to US  labor market. There were some amendments done and clarifications provided after initial order to allow certain dependents.  There were few lawsuits filed on this entry ban, including support by Google, Apple, Facebook on …

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How to get Emergency US Visa Appointment in India – 2 User Experiences

In US Visa Stamping Experiences by KumarUpdated : 138 Comments

As US Consulates in India are not yet open due to COVID-19 for regular visa processing, the only way to get US visa stamping is to get an expedite appointment.  Expedited appointments are available only for special situations like medical needs, funeral/death, ESTA Denied, Students or exchange visitors with urgent need or urgent business travel.   Two of our readers …

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Trump EO – Review Hiring of Federal Contractors on H1B Visa, LCA

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President Trump signed an Executive Order today, August 3rd, 2020 that calls for review of Federal Agencies practices on contracting and hiring of temporary workers like H1B Visa. This executive order is an outcome of recent action by Tennessee Valley Authority that planned to outsource 20% of its IT workforce to foreign companies. The goal of the Executive order is …

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S386, HR1044 GC Bills News: Blocked by Sen. Scott [Sep 2020]

In Green Card by KumarUpdated : 14 Comments

We have created this page to track latest news updates related to S. 386 / HR. 1044 also referred to as ‘‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ’’. If you want to know the background of the S.386, HR. 1044 bills read the below articles What is S.386 Bill ? Complete info like Amendments, Chances What is HR. 1044 Bill ? …

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Sample H4 Biometrics Rescheduled Notice during COVID-19, AIW Form

In H4 Visa by Guest AuthorUpdated : 25 Comments

Since USCIS closed their offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) with COVID-19 many are not able to give Biometrics for H4, L2, B2 or other types of applications that are submitted using Biometrics required I-539 form.  Recently, USICIS announced that they will open ASCs in July 2020 in phased approach and send out rescheduled Biometrics notices. Many have been waiting …

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USCIS Discretion Policy Update : Impact for EADs, H1B, H4, F1

In US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 11 Comments

USCIS issued a policy update consolidating their guidance to apply “Discretion” for adjudication of various petitions/ applications that are filed with USCIS, including the ones related to Employment Authorization (EAD). This consolidation is a result of Trump Executive Order that banned H1B, H4 Visas entry to US and gave other directions to DOL, DHS to scrutinize the US Work Authorization …

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H1B, H4 Visa Entry Ban Lawsuit Filed by 174 Indian Nationals

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 8 Comments

As most of you know President Trump banned entry of H1B, L1, H4, other visas until end of Dec 2020. This is a difficult situation as many families are separated, who came for H1B or H4 Visa stamping or visiting family and got stuck in their home country due to COVID-19. There are few lawsuits expected to be filed against …