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H-1B visa denial rates at 30% for first quarter of FY20

IT service companies and consultancies, which normally place people at third-party locations, reported higher visa denial rates than US technology firms, as has been the case over the past few quarters. Cognizant (60 per cent), Infosys (59 per cent) and Deloitte (40 per cent) had the highest number of denials in the top 25 list.

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US senators ask Donald Trump to suspend H-1B for engineers; ease rules for doctors, nurses to fight coronavirus

They have also asked for the suspension of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme which lets foreign students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) work in the United States for up to three years after graduating. In 2019, over 223,000 people had their OPTs approved or extended.

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Indians to gain as US readies Green Card for doctors

The Bill also allows doctors with five years of work experience in the US and a work record that proves that their admission to the US would be in national interest, to get green cards without a cap if they are doing Covid-19 related work. It also proposes a new Special Immigrant Green Card category for doctors on Covid-19 duty.

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COVID-19: US permits doctors on H-1B work visa to practice telemedicine

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new guidelines enabling physicians holding the H-1B visas to practice telemedicine and providing local hospitals with the necessary flexibility to meet increased demand for medical treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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H-1Bs lead to faster earnings growth for US workers: NFAP

The first study, based on visa data from 2005 to 2018, found that an increase in the share of workers with an H-1B visa within an occupation, on average, reduces the unemployment rate in that occupation. So, rather than adversely impact labour market opportunities for US workers, the H-1B program leads to faster earnings growth, it found.

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COVID-19: OCI card holders vent frustration against travel restrictions imposed by Indian government

The OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) card is issued to the people of Indian-origin, allowing them a visa-free travel in most of the cases. It also gives them certain privileges like that of an Indian citizen except for buying agricultural land, voting, running for election and working in government.

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US still first choice for Indian students going abroad

While the overall number of Indian students going abroad will decrease due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the US will see little to no dip in the share of the total demand. This, despite fresh reports coming in of the Donal Trump administration planning to extend the current 60-day immigration ban until the virus is no longer a concern.

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