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Applications for H1-B to be accepted from April 3
Posted on 17th March 2017
The US will start accepting applications for H-1B work visas for the fiscal year 2018 from April 3 amid the uncertainties surrounding the visa programme, the most sought after by Indian IT firms and professionals.

Unlike previous years, the official announcement by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not say till when it would continue accepting the H-1B petitions.

The department normally has been accepting the application for the first five business days.

In the last few years, the department has received enough petitions to fill in the Congressional mandated 85,000 H-1B visas.

The Congressional mandated limit on H-1B visas include 65,000 in the general category and another 20,000 for those foreign students who have masters or higher degree from a US academic institution.

Those coming to the US on H-1B visas in certain categories for research and scientific institutions are exempted from this limit, but their visa processing is handicapped this year as the premium processing has been suspended by USCIS for six months.

USCIS's announcement also reflects that there is no changes in H-1B visas this year as was being anticipated in view of some media leaks of a proposed executive order on this work visa.

White House says it is working on a comprehensive immigration reform.

In its statement, USCIS said it begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3.

"All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected," it said. Fiscal year 2018 begins on October 1, 2017.

USCIS said H-1B programme allows companies in the US to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor's degree or higher in the specific speciality or its equivalent.

H-1B speciality occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology.


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Ashok Leyland gets patent for tech to help improve fuel economy
Posted on 17th February 2018
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Predatory tariff: Telcos to be fined up to Rs 50 lakh a circle
Posted on 17th February 2018
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Friday issued regulations on predatory pricing, which imposes a penalty of up to `50 lakh per circle on mobile operators if they are found to indulge in such practices. While the regulator has defined predatory pricing for the first time, it won’t affect the existing players in any manner as far as their current tariffs have been designed.

Reliance Jio offers 2,200 cash back on smartphone purchase
Posted on 17th February 2018
Reliance Jio has tied up with 22 handset manufacturers and will offer to new as well as existing subscribers cash back of `2,200 if they purchase a smartphone and recharge it with the operator’s `198 or `299 plans.

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