1. Nasscom on H-1B Visa: New executive order calls for more studies and deliberations

Nasscom on H-1B Visa: New executive order calls for more studies and deliberations

Speaking on the H-1B Visa issue, Nasscom on Tuesday said that most of the legislative proposals have been offered before and not acted upon. "

By: | Published: April 18, 2017 1:35 PM
“We believe that campaign to discredit IT sector is driven by persistent myths,” it added.

Speaking on the H-1B Visa issue, Nasscom on Tuesday said that most of the legislative proposals have been offered before and not acted upon. “Nasscom member companies abide by all applicable laws and regulations and it supports efforts to root out any abuses of H-1B system,” it said. “We believe that campaign to discredit IT sector is driven by persistent myths,” it added.

The IT industry body recently said the US’ latest memo on H-1B visas would have “little impact” on Indian IT firms as they have already started applying for visas for higher-level specialised professionals this year. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently come out with a policy memorandum saying companies applying for visas must provide “evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a speciality occupation”. The new H-1B guideline rescinds a memorandum issued in December 2000.

Seeking to play down the impact on outsourcing companies, Nasscom said the memorandum “reinforces existing practice by adjudicators and clarifies requirements for certain computer professionals”. “The clarifying guidance should have little impact on Nasscom members as this has been the adjudicatory practice for years and also as several of our member executives have noted recently, they are applying for visas for higher level professionals this year,” Nasscom said in a statement. Nasscom counts IT outsourcing firms like TCS, Infosys, Wipro as well as American firms like Cognizant, Microsoft and IBM as members.

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Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for creating an “entirely new structure” for awarding these visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.

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    singhamh
    Apr 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    The worst practice of Indian IT services compnaies is that they are currently laying off employees who are over 40 to accomodate freshers to boost profits. Over last two year over one lakh employees with school and collage going children have been forced to resign (with the threat of falsely labelling them as non performers. First the employee is asked to develop a new team with some junior level leader and fresher and once team is traned over period of one year the senior employee who transferred his knwhow nad skill is move n bench and fired after 45-60 days. poeple who are working in their non home states are becoming primry target of layoff due to regionalism and caster ism in big job hub like chenani, pune and bangalore
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      singhamh
      Apr 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm
      This is very thing to happen. Americans should not suffer due profiteering mentality of Indian IT firms as both Indian and american employees are not gettting the right pay for the high value work done and are being exploited. the Indian N com iciated companies have only goal drive down ry levels of IT pro to the level of daily labour coolies and reap huge profits, especially the brick and mortar to IT family owned promoted firm are culprits in the rapid loss of value of indian IT services. (mahindra, tata, biral hcl wipro). many atime Infosys sikka protested against the recklessly low billing rated being quated by these old family syndicates who hijected the Indian Industrail sector for over 4 decades and did not let ny one set up business by monopolizing all sectors with poor qquality products. They have the dirty policy that states employees whould just be able to make ends meet and should never prosper.
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