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Majority of Indians are Waiting for US Green Card

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75% Waiting for US Green Card are Indians

Indians make up 75 percent of all those highly skilled immigrants waiting in line for US green card or permanent residency. According to latest figures from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 395,025 skilled immigrants are waiting in line for US green cards in the employment-based preference category. 306,601 of them are Indians, and the count doesn’t include those who have approved immigrant petitions. Chinese nationals took the second place as 67,031 of them are waiting for their green cards. All other countries that come after China have less than 10,000 people waiting in the green card queue.

Around 7,252 skilled immigrants from El Salvador, 6,027 people from Guatemala, 5,402 from Honduras, 1,491 skilled immigrants from the Philippines, 700 from Mexico, and 521 skilled immigrants from Vietnam are waiting for their US green cards. According to US government laws, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services can issue not more than seven percent of US green cards to citizens of the same country. And because of this stringent rule, Indians have the longest waiting time of 10 to 15 years.

Since the waiting period is so long, most children of these candidates grow out after their dependency age and have to apply for green card separately. It means they have to wait for another 15 years to become a permanent resident. According to latest figures, as much as 200,000 Indian children will across the age of 21 years this year and have to apply for the US green card.

Current waiting period

For some Indian candidates, the waiting period is as long as 70 years. According to GCReforms.org, skilled immigrants from India will have to wait for anywhere between 25-92 years for getting American permanent residency. Once the candidate receives the green card, his entire family is eligible for working in the United States.

More Indians Settling in Sweden, Norway, and Belgium

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Indians are settling in the United Kingdom, and the United States is a thing of the past as they are exploring new options in the European Union. Indians are increasingly settling in Belgium, Sweden, and Norway. US Citizenship and Immigration Services reported that 2017 saw a 12 percent decrease in Indians settling in the United States compared to 2016. UK Citizenship Applications reported that Indians settling in the United Kingdom decreased by 30 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

On the brighter side, Sweden saw an increase of 160 percent in Indians applying for Swedish citizenship in 2017 compared to 2016. Norway experienced the largest increase of 218 percent among the three nations between 2017 and 2016 fiscal year. According to immigration experts, Indians are now showing interest to settle in a developed country but also in smaller countries where the life is simpler and the cities aren’t too crowded. Experts also added that this trend will continue for several years down the line.

Reasons to Settle in European Countries

Top factor that contributes to the change is the political scene in India. Other two influences are the shortage of tier 2 visas in the United Kingdom and Trump administration in the United States. However, these two countries still offer very lucrative jobs to Indians, still keeping them engaged. The numbers we’re talking in reference to Sweden, Norway, and Belgium are in three digits, while they are in five digits for the other two countries.

More Than 60% Intl Students Want Canadian PR

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More than 500,000 international students enrolled in Canadian colleges and universities in 2017, the highest ever till the date. Canada’s growing popularity can be credited to the Express Entry system that was started by Trudeau administration in 2015. According to Canadian Bureau of International Education, more than 60 percent international students want Canadian permanent residency and stay in the North American country after their studies are complete.

More than 14,000 international students participated in the CBIE survey. The percent increased by nine percent from 51 percent in 2015. Leah Nord, stakeholder, Relations, and Director of Board Member CBIE, said that the number reveals the permanent residency visa is a strong point to consider for choosing their country for studying abroad. She also mentioned that while so many students want to stay back after completing their education, the Canadian government needs to put more efforts to make things easier for international students, so that more stay back. CBIE Member of Director Board emphasized that foreign-born students should be provided with more guidance and support at college and university level so that they are prepared to enter the real world.

Canadian government

Amy Braye, International Education Centre Manager, Mount Saint Vincent University, feels that foreign-born students’ intention to remain in Canada after completing education is generally perceived positively in the Canadian society. Braye also said that there are many job prospects for international students to stay and work in Canada, helping them to apply for permanent residency. She also emphasized that the Canadian government and provincial governments need to do more in helping the students and giving them more opportunities and provide them with a headway into their sectors.

Indians make the most number of international students in Canada, followed by China and South Korea. Indians also make up the highest number of candidates who received Express Entry invitations.

Indians Working for Free in Vancouver for Better Resume

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Indians Working for Free in Vancouver for Better Resume

Many immigrants in Vancouver are volunteering in work placements through a program started by South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, which is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. These new immigrants want Canadian volunteer experience so that it adds value to their resume and help them find a good job in the near future. Many immigrants are also working for free at for-profit organizations like Subway, where they work as sandwich artists and pharmacy assistants at Medicine Shoppe franchises.

Labor lawyers feel that the program is perfect for newcomers as they are by Employment Standards Act and even if they are doing it for free, they are given minimum salary and other protections.

More than 27 immigrants participated in the program in 2016 and 2017, and the placement is for 40 to 100 hours long. Susanna Quail, the Vancouver-based lawyer, said that any work done by an employee is employed. If someone’s making sandwiches at Subway, then you have to pay them. Sunny Sanan, a Subway franchise owner, feels that it is a good program. Vancouver has an unemployment rate of below five percent, making it very difficult to find good employees. David Lee, manager, Medicine Shoppe franchise hired a few volunteer pharmacy assistants through the program but didn’t know about the Employment Standards while associating with it.

Not an employment program

Lee said he likes the idea of showing immigrants how things operate in Canada. Eric Lau was hired around six years ago to head the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House program. He said that the essence is to help new immigrants who don’t have any Canadian work experience. Lau warned that it isn’t an employment program but a part of Settlement and Integration program and is about giving them the opportunity to succeed. The Canadian labor market is strict about Canadian work experience and prefers hiring those who are integrated into the system. The volunteer program is an opportunity for them to get valuable experience.

Brexit Is Scaring Tech Talent Away

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Jimmy Wales, co-founder, Wikipedia, warned the United Kingdom government that they are turning London into a hostile place for European technology experts. He also mentioned concern over many British companies choosing to shift staff to other cities or countries like Canada. Either that or the tech talent will move out themselves to the European Union, where highly skilled immigrants are valued and not threatened. According to a Thomson Reuters Brexit study, 31 percent of companies are already preparing to move staff from the United Kingdom, a 10 percent increase from 2017 fiscal year.

Wales said that London is a very important city in the international tech industry, but he is worried about the future, Brexit, and how it will affect the city’s tech community. He is worried that if London becomes a hostile place for immigrants from European Union and outside, then that won’t be a good thing. London is a competitive city, but Berlin is more open and has a successful tech scene. In the past, London was famous because English was the language of conversation and is a financial powerhouse, but not anymore.

Wales said that the magnitude of the situation is so hard that people can’t wrap their head around it. He is also skeptical about politicians not understanding the internet and social media. They try to regulate something they have no knowledge about and rather than solving an issue, and they create more. On the other hand, some issues are big and international regarding information security and identity theft.

Lack of cooperation

Wales is concerned about lack of cooperation between different jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. Matt Hancock, the cultural secretary, said that tech companies will face regulation claims of using 50 million Facebook users for political purposes. The depth of constitutional change will severely affect companies in the United Kingdom.

H1B exempted for 20000 international students for study pursuits

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H1B exempted for 20000 international students for study pursuitsThe US Immigration Services which is the USCIS issues 65000 H1B visas for IT and other technology related requirement for acquiring skilled labour. Along with this, a total no. of  20000 visas will get converted to H1B Visa status for the international students pursuing their higher education. This news brought great relief to the students qualifying a degree from a reputed university and trying to make a great future for themselves.

There around 2500 universities which provide good quality higher education to immigrants. The students from different nation give a necessary preliminary entrance exam along with an impressive application stating the credentials the student achieved in its past.

India is one of the most aspiring nation to have its students enrolled in different universities; this news is a sigh of relief.US President has pledged to eliminate malpractices in H1B visa rules and restoring back its gravity which gives all the skilled immigrants a chance to prove their mettle in their area of expertise.

The candidate who will be issued with study permit visa with H1B visa petition should have a certain employer willing to sponsor the students stay in the country as its employee. The student should produce all the necessary documents for getting itself placed to any reputed firm.

Indian IT firms to pay 50% more for US Visa Immigration

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Indian IT firms to pay 50% more for US Visa Immigration The IT tycoons as they call Infosys, TCS and Wipro would have to invest some more on their IT skilled labour for getting a H1B to the US. It has not been an easy year from the beginning of this year as the value of the dollar fell from Rs 70 to Rs 65 and still shows no sign of improving in the coming future.Trump’s tagline of “Buy Americans Hire Americans” has cost more to Indian IT’s operational cost in the US.

As 60% of the Indian IT stakes come from its business projects in the US, the Indian IT companies have to hire the local people instead of an Indian expat if the requirement for the project is getting fulfilled by the US-based techie.

The minimum wage requirement has also risen to 1,50,000 USD dollars which also poses a certain amount of distress to IT firms.The advancement of new rules and policies USCIS under the US immigration system will witness a change which had been for over 10 yrs with a new set of rules and regulation.The expatriation will occur only if their is a skill mismatch for any of project requirements.US government will try to maintain its global competitive advantage and will reinstate new policies for an issuance of H1B visas.

Though the Indian IT  is witnessing a rough patch, still the skill and expertise professional sees no worry of H1B visa grant.

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