Does visa processing stop in the event of government shutdowns?

We are faced with a partial government shutdown because of congressional deadlock over budget. This has happened before, and we have survived it.

FVGUS Celebrates Ganesh Utsav In Naperville

NAPERVILLE - Foxvalley Ganesh Utsav Samithi (FVGUS) celebrated the Ganesh festival with pomp and gaiety for the sixth year in a row. FVGUS started the first Public Ganesh celebrations in the Chicago area in 2016 and is continuing the tradition. The devotees thronged the pandal to witness the daily religious rituals, bhajans and cultural programs. Kids performances were the highlight of the event.

UAE resumes visa on arrival for Indians with valid US visa, green card or UK/EU residence

Indian citizens with a valid US visa/green card or having a residency of UK/EU will now be eligible for UAE visa on arrival. The visitors will need to follow all pandemic time requirements for travel."If you are an Indian citizen, you are now eligible to apply for a visa when you arrive in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi. 


By Jatinder Singh Bedi, Chief Editor, Hello NRI

MILWAUKEE – Under the bandobast of Milwaukee socialite Ms Purnima Nath, pro-Hindu groups held a vociferous protest in Milwaukee demanding security and protection to the Hindus living in India’s West Bengal. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (USA) General Secretary Mr Amitabh Mittal attended the protest. Hindu Swamsevak Sangh (HSS), Global Kashmiri Diaspora, and the Kashmiri Overseas Association also participated. Some members of the AAPI (Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin) also attended.

Sikh NRI Killed During California Railyard Shooting

SAN JOSE – A 36 year old Taptejdeep Singh Gill got killed in the shooting that took place in California rail yard. Eight other persons, besides the shooter, were killed in the incident. Taptejdeep Singh Gill, who migrated to the US in 2005, was a light rail operator.

Oak Brookers Rejoice Suresh Reddy’s Victory Over A Dosa Party

OAK BROOK – Defying the Corona scare, Oak Brook residents flocked to Suresh Reddy’s Dosa Party where he and his wife Leela Reddy thanked the residents and supporters for electing him Village’s Trustee. Jim Nagle who also won as Oak Brook’s Trustee was present. Also present was Trustee Asif Yusuf.

Anjana Samadder Wins Prestigious AAPI Elections. Vows AAPI Reforms

CHICAGO – Dr Anjana Samadder has been elected the prestigious Vice President of the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). She defeated her opponent Dr Amit Chakrabarty by a colossal margin of votes. This prestigious victory paves way for her to automatically be AAPI President during the year 2023. The bitterly fought elections concluded 10 April 2021. The candidates who have been declared victorious are: Dr Anjana Samadder, the Vice President; Dr Satheesh Kathula, the Secretary; and Dr Krishan Kumar the Treasurer. Three Board of Trustees (BOT) have also been elected for a three-year term. These include: Dr Sapna Aggarwal, Dr Lokeswara Edara, and Dr Srinagesh Paluvoi.

DRINKERS’ DELIGHT: Spring Event at Schaumburg Indian Grill. 01 May

CHICAGO – Chicago’s liquor seller, Niranjan Patel is throwing a party to all the liquor store merchants coming 01 May 2021. The get-together is being organized at opulent Schaumburg Indian Grill located in the prime business district of Schaumburg. The day-long two-stage reception commences at 5 pm and continues till late night.

Dr Suresh Reddy Elected Oak Brook Trustee. Trustee Moin Saiyed Calls It "Landslide"

CHICAGO - Dr Suresh Reddy has been elected one of the Trustees of the Village of Oak Brook in the 06 April 2021 polls. Dr Reddy was on the 3-candidate slate that its team-leader Dr Gopal Lalmalani had pushed into the elections. All three won. The other two victors are: Laurence Herman, and Jim Nagle. Dr Suresh Reddy secured 20.2 percent of the total votes polled. Of the six contestants, he ranked at third position. Dr Suresh Reddy replaces Trustee Moin Saiyed, a known face in the Oak Brook polity who finishes his 4-year term. Moin Saiyed was first elected in the year 2007.

FIA President Rajesh Patel Gives Facelift to the FIA. 'Visa-Passport Question Answer Session' on 15 April 2021 Announced

SCHAUMBURG – The Federation of India Associations (FIA) has announced its Year-2021 programs of which the ‘India Independence Day Car Rally’ is the star attraction. It was announced at the press conference that was convened at the Schaumburg Banquet Hall here on 07 April 2021. FIA President Rajesh Patel presided over the Press Conference. Rajesh Patel said that the year 2021 is going to witness a long series of events that shall attract an active community involvement. FIA Executive present at the Press Conference included: Rajesh Patel, Hemant Patel, Sohan Joshi, Vinod Patel, Prachi Jaitley, Amar Upadhyay, Hina Patel, and Tribhuvan Gaur.

Mir Ali Hosts First Live Chicago Concert Post-Pandemic. Launches Rizwana Zareen; Honors Ustad Puran Vyas

CHICAGO – At the first ever live concert in Chicago, its organizer Mir Ali Launched a California-based singer Dr Rizwana Zareen; and also honored Ustad Puran Vyas, Chicago famous Tabla maestro. The dinner-concert was organized at a brilliantly decorated banquet hall at the outskirts of Chicago in Lombard. Being the first live concert of the post-Pandemic era, the event attracted a big audience.

U.S. completes H-1B initial electronic registration selection process

The U.S. has received enough electronic applications during the initial registration period to reach the 2022 fiscal year cap for the H-1B foreign workers visa, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals.

OCI card holders no longer required to carry old passports for India travel

"Henceforth, an OCI cardholder travelling on the strength of an existing OCI card bearing old passport number is not required to carry the old passport. However, carrying the new (current) passport is mandatory," the embassy said.

Uma Katiki – Transforming Lives, One Women At A Time

CHICAGO - Uma Katiki is a women of substance. Harbinger of women self-reliance, Uma Katiki is a ray of hope for the under-privileged women. When it comes to domestic violence, Uma is the first to hold its victims’ hand. Multiple examples can be citied where Uma Katiki’s intervention resulted in uplifting the downtrodden women. Her subsequent continuous support made these victims self reliant.

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