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India Closes Borders: Travel Advisory Issued

The recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries chaired by Chairpersonship of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health &Family Welfare. Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Sh. Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/c), Ministry of Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health &Family Welfare were placed before Group of Ministers. After detailed deliberations on preventive measures, actions taken and preparedness for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the GoM took the following decisions: 

  •  All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project
    visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders is kept in abeyance till April 15th 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission.
  • All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  •  Incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.
  • Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
  •  International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by M/o Home Affairs.
  •  Provision for testing primarily for students/compassionate cases in Italy to be made and collection for samples to be organized accordingly. Those tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be quarantined on arrival in India for 14 days.

Originally Posted On: 11 MAR 2020 10:18PM by PIB Delhi


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EB-5: The Best (and Only?) Option for Many Indian Nationals

It is not easy being a citizen of India who wants to live and work in the U.S. with plans to become a permanent resident or U.S. citizen. Indian nationals face a coordinated series of hurdles and roadblocks.

Both OPT and H-1B are under attack. If a foreign national is lucky enough to be selected in the H-1B lottery, new adjudication interpretations are making it even more difficult to get H-1B petitions approved. If approved, extensions are not assured since USCIS has now stated it will give no deference to its previous approval. There are also plans to remove the regulation allowing certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the U.S.

If an employer sponsors a successful labor certification application, the Indian national will then go into the EB-2 or EB-3 quota. A conservative estimate for how long that wait will be is 15 to 20 years or more. During that time, he cannot leave his employer or be promoted. Even the very restrictive EB-1 (extraordinary ability) category has recently become subject to a lengthy quota backlog.

This leaves one opportunity for the Indian national seeking to obtain permanent resident status in the reasonably near future: EB-5. While the minimum $500,000 investment amount means it is certainly not an option for all, it is for some – – either through their own means or through gifts. EB-5 allows the Indian citizen flexibility in his employment, including the ability to be promoted or to switch employers without affecting his green card application.

On September 12, NES Financial will be hosting an informational webinar called “H-1B to EB-5: Stay Permanently, Work Anywhere” to educate those interested in learning the requirements, process, and realistic timeline to obtain a green card through the EB-5 program. The speakers will discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of the program and how to identify good EB-5 investments. Speakers will include top-level executives from EB-5 industry-leading companies: NES Financial, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, and CanAm Enterprises. To register, please click here.

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