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India Tightening up its Immigration Laws

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In the backdrop of the David Headley case, security has tightened and  the Indian Union Home Ministry  has now introduced several changes to its immigration and compliance requirements of employing foreign nationals. Most of the measures introduced are protectionist and make it more difficult for Indian employers to hire foreign workers. 

Some of the major changes introduced are visa requirements for foreign nationals, undertakings from employers with respect to foreign nationals hired in the company, including responsibility for the foreign national’s tax liability, an attestation by the employer that the foreign nationals hired will not exceed one percent of the total workforce and with a cap of twenty employees. So a company exceeding the cap could face extra scrutiny and/or delay. Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has questioned the tightening of Indian visa rules asking, “ whether India would allow  terrorists to make it a ‘less welcoming’ destination”.

The effect of the changes are yet to be seen on employers and foreign nationals alike. We will keep our readers posted.

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January 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

FY 2010 H-1B Update (November 2009)

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS ) in its most recent updated count as of November 3, 2009, stated that as of October 25, 2009, approximately 52,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.

Any H1-B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H1-B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

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November 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Sharp Increases in Prosecution of Federal Immigration Cases in Obama Administration

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The latest data obtained by the Justice Department for the months of 2009 (i.e. from January to September 2009) reveals that prosecution of federal immigration cases has continued to surge in the Obama Administration. It is estimated that if prosecution continues at the same rate for the remaining part of 2009, the total will be more than 90,000 prosecutions, indicating an increase of 14.1 percent from last year.

The States registering the largest number of immigration prosecutions are Texas, Arizona,  New Mexico,  California, Florida, and New York.  For more information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) click here.

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October 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Did US Immigration Policies Affect Chicago’s Chance to Host Olympics?

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The question raised by NY Times and other media publications is whether current US Immigration policies and US Passport Control played a part in Chicago’s loss to host the US Olympics in 2016.

One of the most difficult question that was posed to the 10 person Chicago bid team, that included President Obama, was by an I.O.C. member from Pakistan who asked what kind of welcome would visitors get when they arrived in the U.S. to attend the Olympic games and he commented that entering the United States can be “a rather harrowing experience”.

Although President Obama in reply said, “one of the legacies I want to see is a reminder that America at its best is open to the world,” it may not have been convincing enough for the I.O.C. team and resulted in Chicago being eliminated in the first round in it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

Do you think the US needs to reform its entry process and passport control procedures so as to make international travellers feel more welcome,  along with having in place a secure system or then do you consider Chicago’s loss a blessing in disguise for the US?

We welcome readers to share their comments and ideas.

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October 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Secretary Napolitano Announces an Additional $30 Million in Grants to Effectively Enforce Immigration Laws

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Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced an additional $30 Million in Operation Stone Garden to support security initiatives along the southwest border, particularly states along the U.S.-Mexico border, which are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Operation Stonegarden’s
grants will enhance DHS’s capabilities to effectively deter violence, enforce immigration laws and combat illegal trafficking.

The $30 Million additional funds supplement the $60 million in Operation Stonegarden grants announced by Secretary Napolitano in June. Based on greater risk, heavy cross-border traffic and border-related threat intelligence, more than 84 percent of fiscal year 2009 Operation Stonegarden funds will go to the Southwest border—up from 59 percent in fiscal year 2008.

To see the breakup of how much is going to each state see: http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/opsg/index.shtm

Share your opinion:  Do you think this is monies well spent?

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August 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Economic Stimulus Bill Now Threatened by 3 Bad Immigration Amendments

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The large Economic Stimulus Bill that is now being debated in the Senate is threatened by 3 bad immigration amendments that will hurt immigrant workers and the economy.

Senator Sanders’s H-1B amendment to bar banks from hiring H-1B workers (number 306):
This amendment aims to prevent U.S. employers who are using TARP funds from accessing highly skilled, professional foreign talent that would allow them to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

Senator Sessions’ 2 amendments (numbers 165 and 239):
This amendment requires all businesses and other public or private “entities” that contract to receive money from the stimulus package to use the E-Verify program. Making the E-Verify program mandatory, can delay use of stimulus funds, hurt millions of workers and hamstring businesses who are not prepared to implement this new program, especially during this economic crisis.

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February 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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