"The State Department defends its high Indian refusal rate by suggesting
that the posts in India receive more L-1B applications and approve more
L-1B visas than any other U.S. consulates or embassies worldwide.
Neither State nor USCIS has explained, however, why "specialized
the EB-3 for India is truly expected to take 70 years before a green
card materializes, a foreign national being sponsored today with a 1
year old child will have absolutely no hope of protecting the age of
this child under the CSPA!" - Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 21, 2011 .
"The number of L-1 visas issued at U.S. posts in India declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of State by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP)." - NFAP, Nov. 2011 .
"The number of L-1 visas issued at U.S. posts in India declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of State in a new report by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), an Arlington, Va.-based policy research group. The official data from...
"The odds of Indians receiving U.S. business-based visas have worsened
in 18 years. Last week, in Bangalore, I again addressed an audience of
Indian executives and entrepreneurs who this time were far more glum
than giddy. The title of my presentation (" U.S. & Global Enforcement...
EDGE does not revert to its original position, petitioners and their
attorneys should still endeavor to convince the USCIS, or then litigate
before the AAO and in federal court, that a 2-year Indian master's
degree following a 4- year bachelor's degree ought to be comparable...
February Visa Bulletin, EB-2 for China and India Moves 12 Months
The employment-based second preference category for Indian and Chinese nationals is scheduled for another significant advancement on February 1, 2012. All applicants who have priority dates on or before January 1, 2010, may submit adjustment...
"Top Chinese and Indian scientists, engineers, doctors and
mathematicians are going to find the U.S. welcome mat pulled further
away from their feet. Recent Department of State projections indicate
the line for persons born in China or India with Master’s degrees and
"In a March 22, 2012 meeting with Charlie Oppenheim, the Department of
State Visa Chief informed Mr. Ware that visa retrogression in the
Employment-Based 2nd preference category for nationals of India and
China is likely in May. Mr. Oppenheim now predicts that EB2 India and
Jan Pederson writes: "There have been credible reports that dozens of Indian
physicians who have been accepted into medical residency programs in the United
States to begin on July 1, 2012, are being denied J-1 visas to return to the
United States to undertake graduate medical education. Physicians...
"The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at www.ustraveldocs.com/in. Minister Counselor for Consular...
" Following the success of the IWP, as part of continuing efforts to streamline the visa process, and to meet increased visa demand in India, the U.S. Mission is pleased to announce an expansion of the IWP. We expect this expansion to benefit thousands of visa applicants in India.
Under the current...
"It remains to be seen whether the expanded IWP will improve the processing of H-1B and L visa applications." - Cyrus D. Mehta, Nov. 25, 2012 .
"America’s unofficial trade war against India might be coming to an end. For the last few years, US consulates across India have excessively scrutinized visa applicants in the H-1B and L categories. These refer to highly skilled professional workers and inter-company transfers, respectively...
Scott D. Pollock writes: "Here is a nice decision we got from the AAO that overturns a previous denial of an I-601 for both 212(a)(9)(B) and 212(i) waivers. The qualifying relative U.S. citizen husband is an entrepreneur who is engaged in expanding his network of small retail establishments. We...
"The drums of war are pounding. Prominent American companies, through a variety of business associations , are urging the Obama Administration and Congress to punish the Government of India for mounting hostile actions in a brewing trade war. ... My solution: The U.S. should enact legislation granting...
"The question of immigration benefits to same sex couples is still a far cry in India. India not only disallows same sex marriages, it also currently criminalizes relationships between same sex partners, terming them as unnatural." - Cyrus D. Mehta and Ramya Mahesh, Dec. 20, 2013 .