Month: June 2020

Infosys whistleblower case: Judge calls for mediation

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde gives a speech at a special forum preceding in Tokyo. Highlights In an exclusive interview to NDTV’s Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Mauritius Foreign Minister Arvin Boolell talks about GAAR, tax treaty, black money and the measures being taken. New Delhi: The US federal judge hearing whistleblower Jack Palmer’s visa fraud allegation […]

Being denied an India visa a deep wound: Salman Rushdie

London: Describing not being able to visit India for over 12 years as a “long exile,” controversial India-born writer Salman Rushdie says that being denied a visa and Indian embassies abroad keeping away from him was a “deep wound” inflicted on him by India. Mr Rushdie’s 1988 book, ‘The Satanic Verses’, was soon banned in […]

Victory for tech industry: H1B visas could double: report

Washington: In a major victory for the tech industry, US visas for high-skilled foreign workers, including those from India, could double under a bipartisan Senate immigration plan, according to the Washington Post. The proposal would also give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from US universities in science, […]

Foreign tourists to get collective landing permits

New Delhi: With a view to attract more foreign tourists, government has decided to provide collective landing permits. According to the revised procedure, foreign tourists in groups of four or more arriving by air or sea and sponsored by Tourism Ministry approved Indian travel agencies are to be granted collective landing permit for a period […]

US working with India to streamline education visa process

Washington: The United States is working with the Indian Government to streamline the latter’s education visa, which is being considered as a major hindrance for American students wanting to go to the country for education, a top Obama Administration official has said. Though more than 100,000 Indian students come to the US for study every […]

India intends to extend visa on arrival for 40 countries including US and UK

India’s share in the international tourist receipts in the year 2012 was 0.64 per cent with overall ranking of 41. (File photo of Delhi’s IGI airport) New Delhi: India intends to extend visa on arrival facility to tourists from 40 more countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, […]

India warns US of consequences on visa reform

New Delhi: India has warned the United States of consequences for its companies if lawmakers tighten visa rules on high-tech firms as part of an immigration overhaul. Ambassador Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that India would see a decision to restrict certain temporary visas for skilled workers as a sign that the US economy is becoming less […]

Indonesian Election Presents US With Narendra Modi-Style Visa Headache

Washington: The emergence of Prabowo Subianto as a serious contender in Indonesia’s election this week means the United States faces the awkward possibility of having to welcome another Asian leader it had denied entry to because of alleged links to mass killings. The situation has arisen days after Washington found itself having to change course […]

What About Visas for Indians? Reciprocity Needed

(Rahul Venkit is a Brussels-based multimedia journalist from India reporting on Europe for a Chinese news agency.) India recently expanded a visa-on-arrival scheme to include 43 countries – among them Australia, Brazil, Germany and the US. The liberalized visa regime will eventually be extended to 180 countries, aimed to help India improve its dismal record […]

Make In India? Okay, First Sort Out Visas

(Jean-Pierre Lehmann is an emeritus professor of international political economy at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently a visiting professor on the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University.) India is a country I know reasonably well. Although I have never lived there, I have been visiting regularly since 1960. Also, a […]