Indian IT companies have dramatically reduced their H-1B visa filings and foreign nationals are exhibiting reluctance to make the jump to a US company due to the Trump administration’s hardline anti-immigration stance, a top Silicon Valley newspaper has said.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency responsible for H-1B visas, began the process on Monday with an unprecedented scrutiny.
The Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites, a move that will hugely impact Indian IT companies and their employees.
Some US lawmakers and advocacy groups have criticised the Trump adminisration’s reported plan to curb H-1B visa extensions that could result in self- deportation of an estimated 500,000-750,000 Indian Americans, saying the move would drain America of talent.
Any disruptive move on the visa front will be detrimental to both India and the US, software body Nasscom has said.
The proposed US Bill — Protect and Grow American Jobs — is riddled with “onerous conditions” and places “unprecedented obligations” on both Indian IT companies and clients using H-1B visas, software body Nasscom has cautioned.
A key Congressional committee has passed a legislation that proposes to increase the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders from USD 60,0000 to USD 90,000 and imposes a number of restrictions on the work visa that is popular among Indian IT professionals.
India has “very strongly” raised the issue of H-1B and L1 visas with the US, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said on Friday.