1. H-1B visa news: Over half million Indians may be deported home if Donald Trump takes this big step

H-1B visa news: Over half million Indians may be deported home if Donald Trump takes this big step

The bill that reflects President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” vision aimed at hiking manufacturing and protect local jobs for Americans can seriously dent chances of a large number of H-1B visa holders from India of staying in America.

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donald trump, donald trump pakistan, us aid to pakistan, Trump administration, US, pakistan, terror network, us pakistan, donald trump pakistan tweet, anti pakistan comment The bill proposes new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas. (Image: Reuters)

Donald Trump’s proposed US Bill — Protect and Grow American Jobs — once passed, is likely to pose trouble for over half-a-million Indian-origin IT-employees living in the US at present forcing them to move back to India and changing the way IT companies operate and hire people. The proposed bill is riddled with “onerous conditions” and places “unprecedented obligations” on both Indian IT companies and clients using H-1B visas, India’s top IT industry body Nasscom said. The bill proposes new restrictions to prevent the alleged abuse and misuse of H-1B visas. It tightens the definition of visa-dependent companies and imposes fresh restrictions in terms of minimum salary and movement of talent.

The bill that reflects President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” vision aimed at hiking manufacturing and protect local jobs for Americans can seriously dent chances of a large number of H-1B visa holders from India of staying in America anymore. Around 500,000 to 750,000 Indian H-1B visa holders could be sent home if this bill sees the light of the day, a Hindustan Times report said citing an unidentified official at Immigration Voice, an advocacy body based in San Jose.

Draconian features of the bill

The bill prescribes not granting extensions to workers on H-1B visas whose application for Green Card for permanent residency in the US has been accepted. Currently, in practice, the 3-year H-1B visa gets an extension of up to another 3 years, and Indian IT employees use the extensions to stay put in the US if their Green Card application is approved. However, the new provision of granting no extensions may draw curtains on many Indians’ plans to continue working there.

Apart from prescribing higher minimum wages, the Bill places the onus on clients to certify that the visa holder is not displacing an existing employee for a tenure of 5-6 years. “That formulation has conditions which are extremely onerous and makes it very difficult for people to not just get the visa but also on how they can be used,” R Chandrashekhar, President, National Association for Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) told PTI. The Bill has been passed by the House Judiciary Committee and is now headed for the US Senate. “We do not know the exact timeline but we have been told it will come up early 2018,” he said. Chandrashekhar said another “extreme concern” is that “in the name of protecting American jobs, this has been applied only to the so-called visa-dependent companies that translates to Indian companies”. “There is no doubt we have been seeing an increasingly negative environment and this is a part of the protectionist, anti-globalisation trend,” he said referring to a slew of measures taken by the US in the recent past, including increased visa scrutiny, premium visa processing being put on hold for a few months etc.

Chandrashekhar also pointed out that the use of visas by Indian IT firms has fallen by 50 per cent in the last two years and that the number now stands below 10,000. “It is below 10,000, which is a minuscule fraction of 85,000 visas (H-1B visas) issued every year… how such onerous restrictions on 12-15 per cent of the visas that are being issued protect American workers, certainly defies logic,” he said. Chandrashekhar explained that the Bill proposes to raise the minimum wage substantially to about USD 100,000 if the company has to be exempted from the labour certification requirements. Also, the client deploying the H-1B visa worker will have to certify that no American worker will be displaced for the 5-6 year period.

Further, the software services provider will have to notify the US authorities if the client has displaced a worker, an obligation that is unprecedented, he said. Chandrashekhar added that many of these changes were “emotive and political” rather than being based on “economic arguments”. He said that Nasscom has shared its concerns with both Indian and the US governments. “…We will probably be having further interaction in next few months. In next couple of months, we expect to have interactions once again with the US authorities,” he added.

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    Mex
    Jan 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    Well said, President Trump. I predict the bill will be passed, the Indians and other nationals will go home and build their own country with their expertise. The Americans will be employed in their place but may not have the same output as the Indians there are some nuances about how foreigners work that President Trump may not understand, and this will affect productivity. The black Americans will remain unemployed. Black Lives Matter will rise up again, and everybody will be unhappy. Is this what you want, Mr. President?
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      Alvin
      Jan 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm
      I Accept that Locals should be given priorities in the job market first at the same time you can not get rid of Indians in IT..for that i can give you some examples 1.They are quite cheap labours who have the same technical knowledge that you have 2.They work hard for the minimum money because they know that money is huge and enough to run their family 3.You people spend money/time for lot of social activities like spending money in Bar/club/for girl friend/ restaurant/ which is not big matter for Indians. 4.Also people who claim Americans now were not real Americans you already immigrant once upon a time who were real citizens are Indigenous people. 4. Also a good worker always would have a job dont blame indians because of them you lost. it might be your inability too ...
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      1. Spires Erlinda William
        Jan 5, 2018 at 1:32 am
        1. Why would stopping abuses of H-1b visas be a negative thing? 2. Why would anyone whose green card permanent resident application is approved, need to extend H-1b visa? This discussion of immigration is an over simplification of incredibly complicated rules. That is why U.S. immigration much like the IRS, both desperately need reform to bring sanity back. If only we had more sanity in Congress then accomplishing that reform would be much simpler.
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          PRabhakaran
          Jan 5, 2018 at 12:04 am
          s: linkedin /pulse/panic-us-immigration-proposal-gc-prabhakaran-mohan/
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            PRabhakaran
            Jan 5, 2018 at 12:01 am
            s: linkedin /pulse/panic-us-immigration-proposal-gc-prabhakaran-mohan/
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              Khan
              Jan 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm
              India - the region that once was the seat of advanced human consciousness, now lives the global embarrassment of being known for the country where it is a symbol of personal pride to in the bushes, where the river Ganges has become a foul stench and open sewer. A culture of effeminate passivity, where creativity died and moved elsewhere on the planet. India, a countrywide at ude of "not my problem".
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                Tim
                Jan 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm
                The REAL problem is American management who are the ones parti ting in the abuse. These corporatist scum have allowed the abuse, and turned a blind eye to their own countrymen being excluded from even being able to apply for the jobs stolen by Indians--all who have no craft, no innovation, no skill, no context of American culture, no concept of American IT, or even most of IT. Parasites... American 'manager/babysitters' are the ones to blame. They are clueless to the technology that needs to be worked on, so they hire cheap nobody H1-B parasite nothings to do the work THEY don't even understand. Then Americans with real skill may actually stumble in to the scene and end up either fixing the mess or just shutting up and working with the mess as it is. THIS IS AMERICAN INFO TECH TODAY, a complete story. I haven't seen a real leader in IT in probably 20 years, most of IT management today are worthless lumps of collecting a paycheck and babysitting the H1-Bs.
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                1. Mark Runo
                  Jan 4, 2018 at 8:02 am
                  US doesn't exist without Indian techies
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                    Khan
                    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:36 am
                    Great news! Finally these locusts will be sent scurrying back to their hovels.
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                    1. Jonathan Wasden
                      Jan 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm
                      This is just harassment, the law clearly prohibits the president from doing this. s: economic-immigration /2018/01/03/the-future-of-h1b-extensions-trumps-plan-to-deny-ac21-extensions-is-blatantly-unlawful/
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                        Al
                        Jan 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm
                        I find it amusing how this Chandrashekhar guy twists the logic: the onerous restrictions are put NOT on 12-15 per cent of the visas but on ALL H1B visas as they are not Indian-specific. I disagree with POTUS on almost every issue but I support him on this one
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                          Parker
                          Jan 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm
                          The H1-B program was subject to rampant abuse which I have no doubt has caused a great deal of damage to the US economy. As an IT guy myself, I've shaken my head in disbelief at the number of incompetents coming in with this program simply because they seemed cheaper.. As one poster correctly pointed out, these cheap laborers took the spots of the highly competent people we were trying to bring in to start with. I still support the H1-B program for the purpose for which it was intended, not for what it got turned into..
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                            Alvin
                            Jan 3, 2018 at 8:46 pm
                            I agree on your point as a Indian i too had feel of taking numerous people On H1B . But at the same time we should admti that there are some number people who are competent and truely work with passion ..
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                            Truthful Chap
                            Jan 3, 2018 at 10:04 am
                            A sensible debate on this topic is needed.
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                              Mike Swartzlander
                              Jan 3, 2018 at 7:00 am
                              Makes sense to me. Clearly, Indian IT companies operating in the USA have exploited the H1B Visa program to bring in people to do work that Americans can do. Meanwhile, international students graduating from the best US universities in engineering, science, technology, and medicine can't find employers who can sponsor H1B visas because there aren't enough visas.
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                              1. Vedicastroservice Girish
                                Jan 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm
                                As was predicted by vedicastroserivce dot com. Sad to read such stories though.
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                                  Sunny
                                  Jan 3, 2018 at 11:03 am
                                  lol, enough with your ic predictions. This data is achieved by a process called predictive analysis and it is done by gathering the past data, current affairs, and statistics and give a conclusion. This is financial express, that means world sees it, don't insult us in front of international media.
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                                    Sunny
                                    Jan 3, 2018 at 11:04 am
                                    lol, enough with your ic predictions. This data is achieved by a process called predictive analysis and it is done by gathering the past data, current affairs, and statistics and give a conclusion. This is financial express, that means world sees it, don't insult us in front of international media.
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