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US to Create Easy Way for Immigrants with Required Skill Sets

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US to Create Easy Way for Immigrants with Required Skill Sets President Donald Trump of the United States is hoping to open a ‘big door’ that migrants with required skill sets can walk through as the administration look to overhaul existing laws, a White House official revealed on Tuesday.

According to the proposal being developed by the president, there will not be any need of sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, the official said. He said he expects the number of illegal immigrants entering the US to fall significantly if the proposal is implemented because the border will be more secure and people will be duly removed following proper trial.

The big door will make it simpler and faster for people coming to the US legally, he added.

Overhaul may involve harsh measures

In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump states that Democrats may leave with no option than to use harsh measures if they continue to stand in the way of the proposed overhaul.

The president did not give further details as to what the measures would be or what the proposals are but threatened Democrats in Congress to vote in favor of a more secure southern border.

Trump’s commitment to secure the border, protect American wages, recruit only the required skill sets and make America safe for all was restated by an official. The meeting held with the GOP senators on Tuesday was just a first step in getting necessary coalition, and more details will be released when the president deems fit.

The meeting with the senators, which was a sounding board according to Sarah Sanders, was a very positive one as the people who the president considers vital gave positive reactions to the proposal.

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H-1B Visa Application Fee to be Hiked by the US

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H-1B Visa Application Fee to be Hiked by the USAs the government of the United States looks to increase funding for the expansion of an apprentice program through which American youths are trained in technology-related activities, a hike in the H-1B visa application fee is being proposed as revealed to US lawmakers by Alexander Acosta – Labour Secretary. This revelation was made by Acosta while he was speaking on the Department of Labour annual budget for the fiscal year 2020 beginning 01 October 2019, before a Congressional committee. However, the Republican did not go into the details of the proposed increase. The proposed raise in the H-1B application fee, as well as the categories of applicants that will be affected, is yet to be stated by the department.

Nevertheless, if history is anything to go by, Indian IT companies are most likely to bear the financial burden as they account for a more significant percentage of H-1B applications.

H-1B visa

This non-immigrant visa gives companies in the US the opportunity of employing graduate level workers in specialty occupation such as IT. Since the government capped H-1B visa, it has become increasingly challenging to get the visa but is still generally quicker than US Green Card application, just like any other non-immigrant visa. The visa covers six years and is renewable.

Each fiscal year, a total of 85,000 H-1B visas are made available with 65,000 of these being for overseas workers with at least Bachelors degree and the remaining 20,000 for people with an advanced qualification from an academic institution in the US.

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Highly Skilled Workers Will Get More Visas in the New US Immigration Plan

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US set to Launch New Immigration PlanJared Kushner, White House senior adviser, is preparing an immigration proposal that could see high skilled migrants in the US get increased US visa.

The merit-based proposals are expected to reach President Trump next week, who will decide whether they are fit for official adoption or to send them back for changes.

A senior official in the administration revealed that meetings, nearly 50 sessions, have been held with conservative groups concerning the immigration plan. There has also been intense work between Kushner and other top White House officials including policy adviser Stephen Miller and economic adviser Kevin Hassett. Kushner confirmed on Tuesday that he is working with his longtime co-adviser for Mr. Trump, Miller, on the immigration plan and they have not had any fights.

According to familiar sources, people with Temporary Protected Status and children under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not included in the proposals being prepared by Kushner.

There has been called from the US business community that the number of visas for highly skilled is increased in order to pull more employees into the US for specialized jobs, a sentiment which Mr. Trump shares.

Officials revealed the primary purpose of the plan is to see the visa program reshaped into a more merit-based one. Canada and Australia form the bedrocks of the models being reviewed in achieving the plan. The plan will either raise the number of highly skilled migrants received each year slightly or leave it the same, the sources said. 

Protection for DACA recipients

US Democrats, who are very vital if any proposed changes will get approval, are bent on seeing DACA recipients get protection. Hence, it remains to be seeing what the compromise will eventually be.

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US H-1B Visa Holders Trooping to Canada

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H-1B Visa Holders Trooping to CanadaWith the tougher regulations surrounding the US H-1B visa, holders of the visa, software professionals, are finding Canada to be a better opportunity and are especially Indians, hence massively moving to the northern part of North America according to reports.

Each year, the US offers 85,000 H-1B visas to technology professionals, the majority of whom are Indians. But in 2017, the government of Canada launched the Global Skills Strategy program with the aim of welcoming 310,000 and 330,000 new permanent residents in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

By November 2018, the Canadian government has approved 40,833 jobs and 3,625 applications for high-skilled immigrants according to a report released by the government.

Liberalized Visa Regime

Canada’s liberalized visa regime is causing many software professionals to rethink their stay in the US, where Trump is making things difficult, and are opting for Canada, according to a recruitment firm, StackRaft, that aids borderless technology sector recruitment both in Canada and the US.

It was a certainty that an H-1B visa holder would get an extension of three years to remain in the US but things have changed since Trump introduced tougher guidelines to scrutinize the visa holders and it has also become more difficult for new applicants to get the visa.

Founder of StackRaft, Vartika Manasvi, said a lot of people with visa extension till 2021 and also have OPT status (for people who do a STEM degree in the US) are looking to move to Canada. She said Canada treats these people, largely Indians, especially hence getting faster access.

Many companies set up offices in Canada as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the extension of the H-1B visa. With their offices now in Canada, many highly skilled people have also moved to the country.

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Trump’s Tougher Immigration Plans to be Hindered by Courts

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US Courts May Block Trump’s Controversial PoliciesAs President Trump continues his fierce immigration moves by shaking-up the country’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it seems he is again ignoring the biggest issue that has been stopping many of his immigration decisions – the courts.

Stephen Miller, the senior adviser for White House, is looking to enforce even tougher immigration policies following the resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with more officials in the agency to be forced out soon. Some of the more aggressive enforcement by the senior adviser is permission to detain children beyond 20 days and denial of green cards to immigrants who have received or are likely to receive public assistance. Also, it is believed that Miller wants the return of family separation policy though Mr. Trump denied the claim on Tuesday.

You still have to go through the law

Despite the effort to take resistances out of the way and bring in willing individuals, this current administration still faces the same obstacles, attorney Lee Gelernt said. Gelernt represents migrant parents in matters concerning family separation.

An example of the supremacy of the law was seen on Monday when a judge blocked Trump’s decision to keep asylum seekers in Mexico over the period of their hearings.

This is just one of many other controversial immigration policies that have been blocked by the courts in Mr. Trump’s administration. Zero tolerance border policy is another; it only lasted three months before a US judge ordered that the separated families be reunited.

Therefore, no matter the number of officials taken out of the way the courts remain an almighty obstacle for Trump.

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US to Grant More Visas for Seasonal Workers

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US Grants more H-2B to Seasonal workersOn Friday, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce announced that the Homeland Security Department had endorsed an extra 30,000 H-2B visas for international seasonal workers. This new development is a relief to the Cape Cod businesses and other tourist zones which couldn’t find sufficient American workers to hire.

The number of H-2B visas allocated this season is more than what was allocated the past years, and this is surprising considering that the President further tightened ropes of immigration in the country by alarming to close the US-Mexico borders on Friday.

However, accessing foreign labor is a significant challenge for seasonal businesses which have struggled with a shortage of workers for years. Even at that, islands and cape employers complained that workers aren’t still enough.

Visa Allocation still insufficient

The already 33,000 issued visas for jobs which will begin on 1st April, in addition to the new visas announced, will be obtainable by the returning H-2B workers who have worked in the country for the past 3 years. However, mention is not made as to when applications should be sent in by employers.

The demand for the new visas is high in the US due to the tight Labour market and the unwillingness of Americans to do seasonal jobs.

The president of Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Northcross said that about 1000 additional workers are needed this year even though the business on the Islands and cape have about 2,500 applications for H-2B workers. As such, in as much as this additional visa is helpful, it is not enough for the local employers.

According to the Labour Department, when the process of certification for the initial 33,000 slots opened on midnight of 1st January, 97,800 workers requests were submitted within the first five minutes, and this intense volume crashed the system.

With this shortage of workers, there is no growth in seasonal business opportunities.

Every year, 33,000 visas are allocated for winter and summer periods. It was increased by 15,000 last year by the Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary and 15,000 the year before.

This decision was made by the Homeland Security secretary this year after consultation with Alexander Acosta, the Labor secretary, while determining that no harm came to the American workers.

The agency further stated that those in the right position to call out the actual number of H-2B visas needed by the businesses in America without causing harm to the American workers is Congress.

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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency Move

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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency MoveYesterday, US House of Representatives wield their power when they passed legislation to terminate the emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border by president Trump in a bid to build a border wall there.

The House passed the resolution following a vote of 245-182 to set up a vote in the Senate, with a Republican majority.

Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, reveled in the victory but is aware that the tally falls short of what would be needed to override a possible veto from the President, a Republican. The move to stop the president’s declaration was supported by only 13 Republicans.

The main force behind the controversial legislation, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, said “Border crossings are at a 40-year low. There is no emergency at the border, he said.

Threat to Constitutional Balance of Power

There is fear amidst the Democrats and some Republicans alike that the emergency declaration, which will give Mr. Trump the power to build the border wall without the lawmakers’ approval, may threaten the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and the Congress.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, shied away from predicting the outcome of Senate legislation after Vice President Mike Pence had a closed meeting with Republican senators. McConnell said he is yet to conclude if the emergency declaration by the President is legal and the meeting with the Vice President a robust one.

Congress has been formally notified by White House that Mr. President could veto the order if the proposal passes Congress.

President Trump insists he has the power to declare the national emergency explaining that US national security is threatened by the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border.

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India Demands Release of Indian Students Arrested in the US

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India Demands Release of Indian Students Arrested in the USThe United States has been urged by India to release 129 students detained during a crackdown on people said to be involved in the violation of the country’s immigration rules. These students enrolled in a University in Farmington Hills, MI but the university was later revealed to be part of undercover operations by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Last week, the news of the arrests of several hundreds of students by the DHS broke out, and it has since generated a lot of waves. After affected students contacted them, American Telugu Association (ATA) offered its help and counsel to the students as well as offering to work with the Indian ambassador to ensure proper course of action.

They Were Duped

In a rallying call to the US, India said the affected students were perhaps duped into enrolling in the fake university hence should be treated differently from the recruiters who are the perpetrators. India ministry of external affairs expressed the country’s concern over the dignity and well-being of the affected students and emphasized the need for immediate action.

The ministry, therefore, urged the US to share full details of the situation with the government of India as well as provide continuous updates. They also demand the release of the students from detention as soon as possible and should not be deported forcefully.

India ministry of external affairs reemphasized the country’s commitment towards the welfare of the students detained, and so, it’s working diligently with all stakeholders including US authorities to resolve the issue. The ministry said about 30 of the students had been contacted by officials and is doing all it can to reach others latest in 24 hours.

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