1. Hope US H1B visa rehaul considers Indian IT’s positive role: IT Ministry

Hope US H1B visa rehaul considers Indian IT’s positive role: IT Ministry

The government today hoped that US' review of the H-1B visa regime would take into account the contribution of Indian companies to American businesses and the positive bilateral ties between the two.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2017 7:42 PM
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The government today hoped that US’ review of the H-1B visa regime would take into account the contribution of Indian companies to American businesses and the positive bilateral ties between the two. IT secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that concerns on visa changes were “premature”, as the US administration has merely initiatied a review and no action has been taken yet to curb the number of such work permits to Indian companies. “I am sure as and when the US government does a review, they will take into account what has been value added by Indian companies,” she said on the sidelines of Broadband India Forum event.

A mere 17 per cent of total US visas go to Indian companies and a large number of American firms benefit from services provided by Indian firms, she noted. “The Indian government is already (working) in close co- ordination with US authorities…the value proposition and partnership between India and the US is well known…So we hope that any changes or review of the regime will be built on that foundation,” she added. Also, industries on both sides are hopeful that the review of H-1B visa process will take into consideration the “positive” relationship between the two countries.

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Over the past few weeks there is a growing sentiment of protectionism across various markets, including the US, seeking to safeguard jobs for locals and raise the bar for foreign workers. In the US, the Trump administration wants to replace the current lottery system with a more merit-based immigration policy. Any change in visa norms can affect the movement of labour as well as spike operational costs for IT players. In response to the proposed tightening of the visa regime, the Indian IT firms have been ramping up hiring of locals in the US, a market that accounts for almost 60 per cent of the India’s tech export revenues.

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    highTechExec
    May 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    As a high tech exec having worked at many companies over a 30 year span (Honeywell, Intel Phillips, Xilinx, Broadcom) I have seen first hand the abuse of the H1B system. Lets do away with some of the myths consistently thrown out by pro H1B groups. Highly skilled - false, most H1Bs are right out of school with no real experience. Once hired, they require a huge amount of time to train. Actually the presence of foreign students has degraded advanced degrees at US schools with many (think Stanford) becoming nothing more than diploma mills. Cannot find qualified US legal residence - false. My most recent company recently did an edict that we will no longer sponsor and H1Bs, all new hires must not require sponsorship. The company has done a pretty extensive study of the cost versus benefit of H1Bs and found it does not make financial or technical sense. We now only hire people who do not require sponsorship. Guess what zero trouble finding people. I could post more but post limits
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  2. अखंड भारत
    May 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    I agree with the US government move to put a cap on H 1-B visas. India shouldn't rely on low skilled back office work for IT. We should innovate like the Chinese, Israelis, Germans, Americans and so on. We should have more startup incubators and accelerators and not depend on some low level programming jobs in TCS, Infosys and Wipro. I think India with its population of 1.3 billion can do better and we don't need to depend on the Americans to generate revenue in IT. They should be coming to us and not the other way around. Lets make the Indian cities one of the best start up ecosystems in the world.
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    dds
    May 17, 2017 at 6:29 am
    Immigration Agent/CyberCoolie Business Model is having difficulties, please try to create more good jobs in Mother India instead of being so dependent on Western Countries.
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    Tony Hawkins
    May 17, 2017 at 1:02 am
    Yep, there is, and never was, no real benifit to the US population. It's all a scam created by clueless managers trying to become heros.
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    Fa Williams
    May 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    There's only one positive for h1b visas. They make people like Mark Suckerberg super rich while leaving Americans unemplo . Americans get disillusioned than vote for a candidate like Trump that will cause wars and thousands of deaths. Not many benefits of h1b. Apple the largest company in the world up until about 4 years ago had almost no h1b's. Microsoft had many h1b's and they kept going down to now where they're c ing on to services like the cloud that literally anybody can do to survive. When was the last time you needed a Microsoft product that you must have. H1b is one big scam.
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