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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Data released by the Virginia-based National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a non-profit and non-partisan public policy research organization focusing on trade, immigration and related issues has shown that 56% of Indians were denied L-1B visa by the US as opposed to the average denial rate of 13% for other countries.

L-1B, a kind of non- immigrant visa with a stay period of up to 5 years, can be used by US employers to transfer employees with specific skills and knowledge from their offices abroad to those in the US. Indian companies with US subsidiaries can also make use of this visa. The biggest users of L-1B visas are Indian IT companies like TCS, Infosys and Wipro.

NFAP’s data shows that the rejection rate for Chinese and Mexican nationals is less than half, 22% and 21% respectively, of that of Indians.

Of the 25,296 Indians who applied for the visa between 2012 and 2014, 14,104 got rejected.

Visa rejection rates which shot up after the 2007-08 global financial crisis have yet not come down though the unemployment rate in the US is dropping sharply.

In early 2012, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials had proposed new guidelines to review and update the definition for L-1B petitions. “The new proposed guidance never materialized and, based on reports from employers and attorneys, inconsistent decision-making, as well as high levels of denials and requests for evidence have continued,” the NFAP report said.

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Facebook Introduces Free Online Education Programme in The US

The "We do" module lets educators and students learn together. And the "You do" is designed to help students practice their new skills

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Facebook has launched in the US free online education programme CodeFWDTo to increase the numbers of underrepresented and female students interested in pursuing computer programming.

“We’re working on a number of initiatives like CodeFWD to widen the pipeline of diverse talent studying computer science so the next generation of tech innovators reflects and incorporates diverse perspectives, building a future that benefits us all,” Lauryn Ogbechie, Education Partnerships Director at Facebook, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Created in partnership with connected toys maker Sphero, CodeFWD by Facebook, has been designed for both English and Spanish speakers.

It is a three-step programme where educators and organisations introduce computer programming to 4th to 8th grade students.

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With the first module “I do”, CodeFWD prepares educators to introduce the basics of computer programming to their students, even as they may be discovering the concepts themselves.

The “We do” module lets educators and students learn together. And the “You do” is designed to help students practice their new skills.

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“After completing these three steps, educators who want to continue developing their students’ coding skills using a tangible, hands-on product can apply to earn a free classroom set of programmable robots from our partners at Sphero,” Ogbechie said. (IANS)

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