Somís ride with Uncle Sam may get choppier
Over the last one year, the number of visa rejections for business travellers to the US had risen dramatically and Indian technology professionals have had the rough end of the stick in this regard. While earlier visa rejections stood well under 10%, these days that number is inching towards the 40% mark. Clearly, Indian IT vendors have been hard-hit on this front. Neither have they been able to support their customers adequately on-site, nor have they been able to put a cap on this additional expense.
While Nasscom has been trying its best to deal with the situation, it has not been easy, as evident from the continuing issues on the visa front. This was especially true in the run-up to the Presidential elections. Indian software companies have probably not worked out ways to surmount the reasons behind the restrictions placed on H1-B and L1 visas.
The issue had kicked into a higher gear, when Infosys was accused of visa abuse by the US Department of Homeland Security. That was a tough time for Som & Co. Infosys made it very clear that there was no such abuse and eventually proved that without doubt. Yet, that was a blot that took some time to wipe away.
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