1. Amid US H1B visa row, Anand Mahindra sends strong message to Indian techies: ‘Swagatam, Welcome Home’

Amid US H1B visa row, Anand Mahindra sends strong message to Indian techies: ‘Swagatam, Welcome Home’

Amid the reports suggesting that the US is considering new regulations aimed at preventing the extension of US H1B visas, predominantly used by Indian techies, as part of president Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative which may force over 500,000 Indians to be deported, the chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra in strong message to the IT professionals took to Twitter.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 3, 2018 12:27 PM
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Amid the reports suggesting that the US is considering new regulations aimed at preventing the extension of US H1B visas, predominantly used by Indian techies, as part of president Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative which may force over 500,000 Indians to be deported, the chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra in strong message to the IT professionals took to Twitter and welcomed them back home. The business tycoon, on Wednesday morning, said that if Indian techies are sent back home, they will actually help India Rise. “If that happens, then I say ‘Swagatam, Welcome Home.’ You’re coming back in time to help India Rise…,” Anand Mahindra wrote in his tweet.

This post came just one day after a report suggested that the latest move by the Donald Trump administration could directly stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from keeping their H1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The proposal which is being shared between the Department of Homeland Security Department (DHS) heads is part of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative promised during the 2016 campaign, US-based news agency McClatchy’s DC Bureau reported.

“The act currently allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, predominantly Indian immigrants, beyond the allowed two three-year terms if a green card is pending,” the report said.

“The idea is to create a sort of ‘self- deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” it said, quoting a source briefed by Homeland Security officials.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. It is typically issued for three to six years to employers to hire a foreign worker. But H1B holders who have begun the green card process can often renew their work visas indefinitely.
“The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes,” said Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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    Pritam Saha
    Jan 4, 2018 at 12:04 am
    Indian Media...way to make a mountain out of a molehill. Here's some facts [in case y'all wanna read them]: : immigrationgirl /can-trump-eliminate-h-1b-extensions-beyond-the-six-year-limit/ The law that created the exemption from the six year limit cannot be changed by the Department of Homeland Security or President Trump. Only Congress can change the law. Under Section 106(a) Congress was pretty clear that the six year limit does not apply when a labor certification or I-140 pe ion was filed more than a year ago and the H-1B can be extended one year at a time until a decision is made on the H-1B worker’s permanent residence. Section 106(a) says that the six year limit “SHALL not apply” to any nonimmigrant alien previously issued a visa or otherwise provided H-1B status on whose behalf a pe ion has been filed, if 365 days or more have elapsed since: (1) the filing of a labor certification application on the alien’s behalf or (2) the filing of the I-140 pe ion.
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      Pritam Saha
      Jan 4, 2018 at 12:00 am
      Indian media...way to make a mountain out of a mole hill!!! Well...here are the facts [if y'all wanna read]: : immigrationgirl /can-trump-eliminate-h-1b-extensions-beyond-the-six-year-limit/ The law that created the exemption from the six year limit cannot be changed by the Department of Homeland Security or President Trump. Only Congress can change the law. Under Section 106(a) Congress was pretty clear that the six year limit does not apply when a labor certification or I-140 pe ion was filed more than a year ago and the H-1B can be extended one year at a time until a decision is made on the H-1B worker’s permanent residence.
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      1. Mark Runo
        Jan 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm
        US doesn't exist without Indian techies
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        1. alex i
          Jan 4, 2018 at 1:31 am
          Don't worry, 75 of all techies in the world live outside India. So there are a lot of people to choose from
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          1. alex i
            Jan 4, 2018 at 1:34 am
            75 percent
            1. Bashab Bhattacharya
              Jan 4, 2018 at 5:56 am
              I don't understand, whether the techie is outside India or not, they will still require H1B visa to work in USA if they are not American citizen. So what point exactly are you trying to communicate
          2. George Tyrebyter
            Jan 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm
            Perhaps they will all bring a port-a-potty home to enable some of the Indians who in the bushes to civilize themselves.
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              Atul gupta
              Jan 3, 2018 at 7:17 pm
              Nice i agree
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                helloWorld
                Jan 3, 2018 at 3:59 pm
                I left India because of corruption (personal experience in family) and I did my education from US, this is all hoax and such H1B changes won't affect hard working honest Indians. I have no intentions to come back to India and I would prefer to go anywhere in this world but not India. Can't live like second class citizen in my own country where honest people have to pay the actual price. Even if people come back from US to India, I am certain that Indian system will very quickly kill the innovation, honesty and hard working at ude of us. In other sense we will be back to our Indianess. For people who dont agree with me, let me say India's most popular dialogue: "Freedom Of Expression".
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                1. sashank reddyPr
                  Jan 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm
                  Then you are destined to be a second class citizen, no matter where you go. You are basically a coward who just runs and gets beaten everywhere. No matter where you go, you will get humiliated. Since you are so much of a non-Indian, let me quote Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
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                  1. Bashab Bhattacharya
                    Jan 4, 2018 at 5:57 am
                    Things have changed quite a bit. I am actually open and thinking actively to return to India. You should try going there and interacting to some business owners.
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                  2. bharatkumar
                    Jan 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm
                    India can think of creating "an IT Beam" by involving all US returned Software Developers, Programmers and Techies. India can also create a Base Place at New Mumbai, where this IT Beams can be installed for the goodness of all countries in the world. US action is correct at the correct time. So 500000 techies can help India to grow.
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                    1. Arun Nadia
                      Jan 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm
                      I second Anand
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