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How new H-1B visa regime will impact Indians, Indian firms

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In yet another policy stance change on H-1B visa within six months, the US administration on October 6 said it was announcing an “interim final rule” which will “strengthen” the non-immigrant work visa programme. The new rules will be effective 60 days from their publication in the Federal Register, which is the official journal of the US government, much like the Gazette of India.

What is an interim final rule?

Executive policies announced by agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require them to consult stakeholders and give them a notice period of 60 days and seek comments before any sweeping changes are brought in. This method allows agencies such as DHS to act with urgency and within a specified time after a new rule or law is made.

In the latest announcement on

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Indian government says 16 countries allowed visa-free travel to Indians

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Indian Government on Tuesday informed Rajya Sabha that 16 countries allow visa-free travel to Indian passport holders. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that in addition to 16 countries allowing visa-free travel for Indians, there were 43 countries which provided visa-on-arrival facility and there were 36 countries that provided e-visa facility to Indians.

As per the information provided by the minister, these are the countries that provide visa-free travel to Indians.

  1. Barbados
  2. Bhutan
  3. Dominica 
  4. Grenada 
  5. Haiti
  6. Hong Kong SAR
  7. the Maldives
  8. Mauritius
  9. Montserrat
  10. Nepal
  11. Niue Island
  12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. Samoa
  14. Senegal
  15. Serbia 
  16. Trinidad and Tobago

As per the information given by the minister, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand were among the countries that provided e-visa to Indians.

Ease of travel with a particular passport also translates into ‘power’ of that passport. More a

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A Court Reprieve For US President Donald Trump’s H-1B Visa Ban, Challenged By 169 Indians

The US President’s visa order freezes through the end of the year new H-1B and H-4 visas. (File)

The Donald Trump administration’s move in US to curtail H-1B visas widely used by foreign technology workers survived an initial court challenge.

US President Donald Trump’s June 22 proclamation declaring foreign workers a risk to the US labor market amid the coronavirus pandemic triggered pushback from workers and business groups. An array of the nation’s biggest tech companies have warned that the policy will do “irreparable harm on businesses and the nation’s economy.”

But in a ruling Wednesday, US District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington declined to bar the administration from imposing the visa restrictions while the legal challenge to them plays out.

The case was brought by a group of 169 Indian nationals who recently went back to India after living in the US on work visas and are now attempting

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Baseball’s top pitcher, the Indians’ Shane Bieber, makes history at 2% of Gerrit Cole’s pay

The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber is having one of the greatest pitching stretches in baseball history. And he’s doing it for bargain-basement pay.

The 25-year-old right-hander is leading the league with 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings but will earn just $231,000. That’s a fraction of the contract Gerrit Cole signed with the New York Yankees that made him the highest-paid pitcher of all time. Cole holds the single-season record for the statistic, 13.8, achieved last year with the Houston Astros.

Bieber’s performance can be favorably compared with one that’s generally recognized as the best in the past 25 years: Pedro Martinez’s 2000 season. But it’ll doubtlessly come with an asterisk, as Martinez’s year spanned 162 games and Bieber’s 2020 is a coronavirus-shortened 60.

Martinez rode pinpoint control and the game’s best change-up to lead the major leagues that season in five categories. One of them, earned run average plus (ERA+),

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