A legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorisation of spouses of H1-B visa holders, which include Indians, has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who said that eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete against American businesses.
The Trump administration has assured lawmakers and the American corporate sector that the public will get an opportunity to respond to its proposal of revoking work authorisation to H-4 spouse visas after they raised their concerns over the move, which will impact thousands of Indians.
Indian software exporters are seeing an increased number of visits from US visa authorities, signalling higher levels of scrutiny and costs, in the backdrop of new changes proposed for H-B visas.
Tata Consultancy Services is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018, according to data from the US Department of Labour.
As the chorus for stricter curbs on H-1B visa gets louder, business of Indian IT companies, especially smaller sized ones will be impacted.
Abandoning the Obama-era rule of granting work permits to H-4 visa holders – who are spouses of professionals holding H-1B visas, mostly Indians – will benefit some US workers, the Department of Homeland Security believes.
A group of 1,030 Indian IT companies in the US has filed a lawsuit against US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for unlawfully limiting the duration of H1-B visas.
An IT advocacy group representing more than 1,000 small IT companies mostly run by Indian-Americans has filed a lawsuit against the US immigration agency for issuing H-1B visas for shorter than three years durations.
“Lot of (US) visa discussion is political rhetoric. They are not translating into legislative actions. We are watching it closely. We are not taking anything for granted,” said Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh.
With restrictions on H-1B visas growing by the year, there seems to be an uptick in the applications for the EB-5 visa programme to get a Green Card to the US.