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Four out of five H-1B visa holders get higher wages than US average: Study

The average offered wage for all 61,420 H-1B requesting employers in FY 2019 was $100,461, while the average prevailing wage determination for that skill level was $83,619, according to the analysis done by American think-tank Cato Institute. It contradicts a recent study by another US think-tank that had said 60% of H-1B workers are paid below the local median wage for the job.

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White House gets plan to hike H-1B fees 22%, L-1 77%

The proposal to hike fees was first put forth in November 2019, and it recommends different fees for Form I-129, depending on the visa category. This will result in the base fee for the H-1B visa increasing by 22% to $560 and for the L-1 intra-company transfer visa by 77% to $815.

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USCIS to resume premium processing for H-1B visas

‚ÄčOn March 20th, the USCIS had announced that it a temporary suspension of premium processing for Form I-129 and I-140 petitions because of closures on account of Covid-19. Under this, the agency would process the application within 14 days, making it easier for companies to plan how to deploy their employees once the visa comes through.

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UK extends residency scheme to all COVID-19 overseas healthcare victims

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday said the scheme will apply not only to the families and dependents of foreign doctors and nurses killed on the National Health Service (NHS) frontline during the pandemic, but also to lower-paid NHS support staff, including from India.

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Govt allows certain categories of OCI cardholders to visit India

Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards, couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India, and university students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India are also allowed to visit the country.

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H-1B seekers don’t have to give detailed info of work stint

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which administers the country’s immigration system, will stop asking H-1B visa applicants for a detailed itinerary of their entire work stint in the country, in a move expected to benefit Indian IT services providers.

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