Nasscom working to offset immigration law impact

Written by fe Bureau | Bangalore | Updated: Jul 29 2013, 16:19pm hrs
Nasscom, the IT industrys lobbying body, is making efforts involving the government, companies and related associations to tackle the challenges posed by the proposed Immigration Bill in the US.

Talking to FE, Nasscom president Som Mittal said they are following a multi-pronged strategy to minimise any of the negative implications from the Immigration Bill.

The trade body has already got the services of a public advocacy firm called BGR, which is well versed with immigration issues to lobby the case of the Indian IT industry. The Immigration Bill already passed by the US Senate has very damaging provisions for the Indian IT industry, severely restricting the placement of tech professionals from India on H-1B visas; though there is some optimism now with House of Representatives having given some indication that it is unlikely to take up the Senate Bill and it would pass its own legislation.

Mittal said Nasscom is actively engaged in dialogues with the Indian and US governments. Besides, there is also other public advocacy firms hired by Indian IT firms with whom Nasscom is also interacting. It is also working with organisations like US-India Business Council to jointly present their case to various decision makers.

The immigration Bill restricts the use of H-1B visas in what is called the outplacement clause which says companies can have only 15% of their employees in the US on these work permits. This would fundamentally hit the business of Indian IT services companies which depend largely on H-1B visas to carry out their operations in the US.