What Is A Cap-Exempt H-1B & Who Are H-1B Cap Exempt Candidates

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The regular H-1B visa cap dedicates 65,000 petitions to foreign workers with the required skills and qualifications. An additional 20,000 petitions are allotted to individuals holding advanced degrees at a master’s level or beyond.  Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators

An exemption category is available to U.S. employers that fall into one of the three exemption categories including:

A. Higher education institution

B. Non-profit organization associated with a higher education institution

C. Non-profit research or government organization

It’s important to recognize that there are two overarching classifications of H-1B cap exempt petitions. Those are petitions filed on behalf of cap-exempt candidates and those filed by cap-exempt employers.

Who are H-1B Cap Exempt Candidates?

If you have previously been granted an H-1B cap exemption then, according to USCIS guidelines, you will not be subject to the cap. If in the past you were under H-1B status and are currently outside of the U.S. you might qualify to have an employer file a cap-exempt petition but you must be able to show that you were in status (in the country) in the past six years and haven’t reached your maximum duration of stay. For H1B Visa Process Visit here

For instance, we once had a client who was employed in the U.S. from January 2003 to November 2006. He approached our office wanting to know if he would be eligible to file a new cap-exempt H-1B petition. Unfortunately, since he wasn’t in status the past six years he was required to file the next lottery season.

Ford Figo Aspire Facelift Review & Test Drive

Ford Figo Aspire Overview

This is the latest iteration of the Ford Aspire. A much-needed refreshment has been brought in three years after this sub-compact sedan was first launched in India. The carmaker has made a host of cosmetic changes like a revised face, tweaked rear and an updated cabin. This comes along with mechanical upgrades in the form of a five-speed gearbox and two new petrol engines. The latter are from Ford’s new Dragon engine family that was already seen on the new Ford Freestyle and the EcoSport. So, how effective are these changes? We find out. Book a test drive for Aspire in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Ford Figo Aspire Design

The new Figo Aspire as already mentioned above is the sub compact sedan based on the new generation Figo hatch, so except the extended boot at the rear everything while everything else looks identical to the new Figo hatchback which will be launched in the market after the sedan.

Ford retained the typical styling DNA even in this new sedan and that is quite obvious from the typical Ford Trapezoidal grille towards the front which gets the four slats while the long elongated headlamps adds the little touch of sportiness to the front face, the Blue oval logo has found its place on the tip of the front hood while talking about the front hood the new hood looks sculpted and has also got two vertical crisp lines on them which starts from the windshield and end towards the Ford logo placed towards the front tip. Besides these there is nothing much interesting to describe towards the front except the raked windshield and some sweeping lines towards the front hood which according to Ford conveys a sense of movement.

Towards the side profile there is a distinct character line which starts from just behind the front headlamps and blends perfectly towards the rear taillamps. You will also love the blacked out B pillar which adds a premium touch to the side profile so are the 8 spoke alloy wheels and side blinkers integrated with the ORVMs (available only on top end variants), the other variants will get side turn indicators placed on the fenders.

Walk towards the rear of the sedan and the extended boot has been perfectly blended with the overall design so the car’s shape does not appear boring or odd. The smaller wrap around tailamps looks stylish but unfortunately does not get LED configuration to them while the chrome finished slat runs across the rear boot of the car while the rear bumper gets some Black treatment towards the lower half which adds the premium feel to the overall sedan.

Ford Figo Aspire Cabin

As you step inside, you will notice the new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The centre console looks neater now as the massive onslaught of buttons has been removed in lieu of the slick Sync 3 system (even lower models get a touchscreen and not the el-cheapo mobile docking system). The equipment list remains the same as earlier with a few more features, it now gets auto-dimming cabin mirror, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensors, automatic headlights and automatic wipers. The car also comes with push button start and both the sun visors now get a mirror. There are two USB ports right ahead of the gear lever.

The Ford Aspire offers decent amount of legroom and headroom on the rear seat, however getting three adults in the rear isn’t easy due to the width of the car, Ford knows that and hence there are only two adjustable headrests at the rear, there is a centre arm rest too but that gets no cupholders, neither do the door pads. The seat back is scooped out, there are magazine holders behind the front seatback and the only cupholder for rear seat passengers is the one in between the front seats. The Aspire gets a new key which has boot release on it, imperative as there is no electromagnetic tail gate opener. The car also misses out on a passive entry system which could be added in the near future.

Ford Figo Aspire Gearbox

The 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine from the predecessor is now replaced by an all-new, Dragon petrol motor that debuted on the Freestyle. This three-cylinder, 1.2-litre Dragon petrol mill produces class-leading 95bhp of power and 120Nm of torque. There’s also a new five-speed manual gearbox that is standard even with the diesel engine, which we will talk about in a while. Let’s first get to the petrol. We tapped the engine start button and the powerplant started without much of a noise. The idling is silent and the refinement is good enough for a three-cylinder mill.

Start moving, say from standstill and you realise the low-rpm throttle response is ordinary. The surge only starts to come above 2,000rpm otherwise below that, the punch (torque) feels weak. However, as you speed up, you realise it has enough pep to push the car. Above 4,000rpm is where I’d like it to be. Use the gearbox judiciously and the engine performance feels not just acceptable but on par with segment standards. Of course, as you accelerate to higher rpms the three-cylinder thrum becomes audible. The tyre noise also seeps into the cabin when doing three-digits speeds.

The diesel, on the other hand, gets the tried-and-tested 99bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDCI motor. The mild clatter is still there but with 215Nm of torque; this one allows the car to putter around the city in third or fourth gear at 30-40kmph, without the engine lugging at all. Overtaking slow moving vehicles doesn’t make you feel nervous and you can take on the highways easily thanks to its good mid-range with torquey nature. The performance also starts getting stronger as the rpm needle climbs, while cruising at triple-digit speeds remains to be a breeze.

Then, the highlight is the new five-speed gearbox with short throws and well-defined gates. There’s no notchy feel in the shifts and that makes it a slick transmission to use. This, along with a light clutch with short travel, makes it great for the city. Furthermore, the steering at parking speed is light and weighs up nicely with increase in speeds. It is direct and quick to react making things easier within the city. The compact sedan continues to feel very chuckable and even around tight corners handling feels safe. There’s minimal body roll too.

Ford Figo Aspire Driving

Ford has got a good balance of ride and handling on the Aspire. With the bigger wheels, the dynamics are even better. Ride quality is pliant and absorbs almost everything in its stride although bad roads are felt inside but only at higher speeds. The steering offers good feel too, it’s light at lower speeds and weighs up at higher speeds but isn’t in the same league as the hydraulic steering assisted first generation Figo. There is some amount of body roll but the car is quite poised around the bends and is a whole lot of fun, no matter which engine is powering it. Brakes too offer good stopping power but the ABS is over sensitive and pulsates just too much under heavy braking.

Ford Figo Aspire Safety

Ford has given special attention to the safety of the occupants inside and thus the new sedan comes with robust passenger cage created from high-strength steel, both driver and passenger side airbags and for the first time in the history of Indian auto industry Ford has even provided side and curtain airbags for the occupants as an option. The top end trims also gets ABS and EBD and also hill assist which is available only with the auto transmission variant though.

Ford Figo Aspire Cost in Chennai

Ford Figo Aspire On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,22,722 to 9,18,648 for variants Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT and Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT respectively. Ford Figo Aspire is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo Aspire variants price in Chennai,Check for Aspire price in Chennai at Carzprice

Ford Figo Aspire Round Up

Ford has played their cards well with the Aspire facelift. Its looks are a differentiating point, cabin is well designed and reasonably spacious with some new equipment. However, it still misses out on some basic features like DRLs, projector headlamps and rear AC vents, which have now become a norm in this compact sedan segment. Nonetheless, the Aspire nails the spot with class-leading safety equipment, most powerful engines in segment, excellent driving experience and prices lesser than its outgoing model. It’s also competitively priced between Rs 5.5 lakhs to Rs 8.14 lakhs (ex-showroom) undercutting the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze by good margins. An Aspire to aspire for then then?

Tata Tigor Hatchback First Drive & Overview

Tata Tigor Overview

Last time Tata Motors tried its hands at getting a slice of the compact sedan market with the Zest, things didn’t turn out to be to their desire. The Zest, despite indicating a transforming Tata Motors, failed to grab the consumers’ attention, primarily due to lack of a totally fresh design. Now though, Tata Motors is having another go at the segment with the Tigor, which was earlier known as the Kite 5. We’ve driven the Tigor and its different variants to find out if Tata Motors has the right ammunition this time to go against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Aspire. The brief drive around Delhi NCR turned out to be quite a revelation in itself and you might be surprised to find out why. Book a test drive for Tata Tigor in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Tata Tigor Design & Look

The Tigor is a fresh offering in the compact sedan segment. As per conventional norms, under-4 meter compact sedans are crafted by adding boot to the hatchbacks in order to make them look like a sedan. But Tigor is a bit different than other traditional cars as it has been given a lot of thought process in design. The vehicle looks pleasing to eyes especially from the rear which somewhat remind us of BMW X6. In the latest version, the headlights of the car have been slightly tweaked with new dual-chambered projector headlamps finished in chrome.

The grille styling has also been changed with the front fascia getting new diamond shaped with chrome accents. Moreover, the chrome treatment is also given to the fog lamps on the bumper. And in the facelift also, daytime running have not been included, may be company thinks it’s irrelevant and adds to the overall cost. Apart from this, the front end looks as cheerful as before. Coming to the side profile, here is what the real difference in design comes into the picture. Starting from the B-pillar, the rear half of the car is completely different from its alter-ego hatch sibling. And with rolling roofline, the coupe-like design lends it a more expensive car look. The carmaker has added new 15-inch alloy wheels besides the standard 14-inch wheels being offered in lower variants.

At the rear, the best angle to view the car is the three-quarter especially when looked with the new clear lens tail lamps. The chrome strip beautifully runs across the breadth of the bootlid and merges into the tail lights. The car now comes with shark fin antenna which does add a sense of sportiness. And the roof-mounted spoiler incorporating LED strip across the width of the stop lamp raises its appeal a notch further. A new colour option named Egyptian Blue has also been added. Overall, Tata has really upped the ante with Tigor as it is one of the best looking sedans in the class.

Tata Tigor Cabin & Space

Stepping inside and one will find familiar interior as that of Tiago hatchback. But this time around, the cabin gets black and grey treatment along with faux leather seats finished in titanium grey. The seats are knitted with roof liner. Tata has hit the right chord with another biggest change in the form of 7-inch capacitive touchscreen unit which has placed this car in the line of the contemporaries. The new infotainment is compatible with Android Auto. The system is provided by Harman with 4-speakers and 4-tweeters to groove into the music. The infotainment also supports USB, Bluetooth, Aux-In and iPod connectivity, voice command functionality and image and video playback. The reversing camera also relays feeds on to the same screen. The lower variants continue to come with the 5-inch ConnectNext infotainment system.

The car now comes with digital controls for the automatic climate control system. The air conditioner is excellent in terms of quickly cooling the cabin but is slightly loud even if run at low fan speed. The placement is also a bit odd as between the switches there is a lot of empty space which could have been used for other stuffs. The aircons located at the extreme end of the dashboard gets contrasting exterior colour which does add a sense of richness. The Tiago features cooled glovebox while the instrument cluster is the same as of Tiago housing the two silver-coloured pods featuring speedometer and tachometer. The center of the instrument gives info on distance covered, temperature, average fuel economy and trip meter.

Further, the steering wheel is identical and so is the gear stick. The car comes with 12V socket placed between the front seats and another one on the central console adjacent to USB and Aux-in ports. The door panels have fabric highlights though a little more padding could have been better. The black colour of the door panels and the grey coloured plastics feels a bit dull. In terms of stowage, there are cubby holes to put your wallet, phones or loose coins. One of the major highlights of the interiors is the rear seat. As the wheelbase is lengthier than the hatchback sibling by 50mm, the space inside especially the leg and knee room is ample. The angle of the seatback is more reclined than the Tiago with the overall experience of the seats is comfy as they extend from pillar to pillar. Moreover, they are well-cushioned and with the addition of centre armrest there is increased sense of richness and comfort. Even for the tall person there is more than average knee-room at the back which is really an impressive thing in an under 4 meter car. Headroom is also good while the seat is wide enough to absorb three reasonably sized adults.

Coming to the front seats, they are comfortable as well with the top end model giving height adjustment functionality. However, the placement of the seat is a little upwards and a tall person’s head might be touching the roof. In terms of features, one will find one of the best music systems in the car as the company has collaborated with Harman. The central console also features digital controls for FATC while image and video can also be played on the device till the speed of 5kmph.

Another interesting thing in the same centre console is the placement of boot release button. The driver can release the boot by pressing the button located on the center console adjacent to the ECO driving mode switch. Though the release button comes handy, it only works when the ignition is on. And there is no pull release button so from outside you either have to press the light button on the key fob or insert the key to open the boot. The top variant also features reverse camera with rear parking sensors. Other features in the car include electrically adjustable ORVMs, interior lamps with theatre dimming and collapsible grab handles.

Tata Tigor Engine & Transmission

The Tigor compact sedan is powered by the same powertrains found in the Tiago and before you get worried about the lack of performance due to the additional weight of the boot, the Tigor only weighs 50 kg more than the Tiago. Hence, the effect of weight isn’t much on the overall performance. The 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine develops 85 hp, while the 1,050 cc Revotorq diesel is good for 70 hp. The diesel motor looks underpowered on paper but in the real world, it has just enough power to move the Tigor with ease. While performance isn’t brisk, once past 1700 rpm, the engine delivers better power but tapers past 4,000 rpm. This motor is meant for city usage primarily and occasional highway runs only. The petrol motor is the more lively of the two and lets one have some bit of fun as well. Power delivery is linear and beyond 3,000 rpm is when the power surges in. The engine is a refined mostly but feels rough towards the top end of the power band.

Tata Tigor mileage figures range at 23.8kmpl for the petrol variants, while the diesel variants return 27.2 kmpl (ARAI specified).Tata has done a lot of tweaks to various components to enhance the fuel efficiency of this vehicle. The carmaker claims that the petrol engine is able to deliver 20.3kmpl while the diesel one can return 24.7kmpl, certified by ARAI. The petrol automatic gives the same mileage as that of manual, however, real world figures might be different.

Tata Tigor Ride & Handling

Although the components are the same as that of Tiago, the overall suspension system has been tweaked to suit the weight and weight distribution of the sedan. And this is clearly evident when you drive the car over uneven road patches as it absorbs the bumps elegantly. It even doesn’t feel firm as the body control is quite good.A bit of difference can be seen in ride and handling as petrol variant comes with 15-inch rims with 175/60-section tyres and the diesel one features 14-inch rims with 175/65 tyres. As a result, the diesel one feels a bit stiller on highway. The petrol variant feels more keen and responsive especially at corners. The steering wheel is nicely weighted and while it does not give sharp response, the suspension adds a bit of confidence to it.

Tata Tigor Safety & Security

Tata Tigor specifications include disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear as standard. As for the safety of occupants, the company has incorporated a plethora of premium safety features, like dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC), speed-dependent auto door locks, follow-me-home lamps, park assist with sensors and camera, and seat belt with pretensioners and load limiters. Sadly, the base grade XE doesn’t get any of the aforementioned features.

Tata Tigor Cost in Chennai

Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 4,70,547/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 7,04,172/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers in Chennai. Check for Tigor price in Chennai at Carzprice

Tata Tigor Conclusion

Overall, the Tigor is an impressive product on many accounts, especially exterior design and the infotainment system. Smart features such as the smart four-link boot too reflect the focus on providing functionality to consumers. There are bits that could’ve been better but most of them aren’t going to make any major difference to the cabin experience.

Where the Tigor stands out is its design because in a segment challenged by dimensional restrictions, we’ve become used to seeing ugly vehicles mostly. The Tigor on the contrary comes across as a handsome vehicle despite the challenges.