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Tech companies frustrated by speedy H-IB visa scoop

Firms that wish to give temporary US work visas to potential hires from overseas yesterday began submitting their applications to US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The demand for the 85,000 available slots is expected to be very high, given the pace at which these slots have disappeared in recent years. US Citizenship and Immigration Services …

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Officials face questioning over contentious visa program

On Tuesday Congressional Republicans strongly objected to the scathing result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security. The investigation revealed that a senior official appeared to favor applicants with political connections while in charge of an obscure federal program that offers US visas to people who invest a minimum of $500,000 in a …

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More specialized overseas workers denied US visas

Overseas employees of American companies are finding it much more difficult to get into the United States, a report released yesterday reveals. Around 35% of petitions filed by US companies to bring overseas workers with “specialized knowledge” into the country were denied by US Citizenship and Immigration Services last year, the fourth consecutive rise in …

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Republicans at loggerheads over changes to immigration

A bipartisan Senate bill intended to increase the amount of high-skilled US visas available has run afoul of Representative Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman. Grassley believes that the bill, which was sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch and other big names such as Senator Marco Rubio, only worsens the problem. “It doesn’t close the loopholes …

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