However, the Nasscom lettersent to the two senators, Charles Grassley and Richard Durbindrew attention to the clause in the Immigration Bill that prohibits companies from hiring H-1B employees, saying its a protectionist measure that will affect Indian IT companies, reduce the number of H1- B holders going to the US and reduce the competitiveness of the IT industry in US. The letter also called for attention to the evidence of the contribution made by H-1B visa holders to innovation and entrepreneurship in the US which has resulted in job creation on a scale that is anecdotally well-known and widely-recognised.
On the linkage between layoffs and the H-1B visa, the letter said these two do not go hand in hand. It reiterated while the number of H-1B visas is currently very limited, they are not limited to the IT sector or to Indians alone. Of the H-1 B visas granted in 2006, nearly 14,000 (more than 20%) visas were granted to American educational institutions, the apex software body said. Correcting the belief that US-India trade is flowing primarily in one direction, Nasscom said US companies like HP, Dell, Microsoft and Oracle produce a majority of computers and software used in India.