In India, Anxiety Over Trump's Review Of H-1B Visas
In India, Anxiety Over Trump's Review Of H-1B Visas
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21 Abril, 2017, 20:16
"Chinese petitions comprise about 5-10 percent of the H-1B pool, which is a distant second to India, which comprises approximately three quarters of all petitions mostly for tech jobs", New York-based immigration attorney Jae Lee said in an email.
"The immigration related issues are some of the operational challenges which they face today".
Industry experts too were of the view that Tuesday's executive orders were "not as bad as expected". India has reportedly dragged, not only the U.S. but also Australia and New Zealand to the WTO regarding the new nationalistic policies on the movement of foreign professionals.
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The US sets an annual cap of 85,000 H-1B visas, which includes 20,000 for foreign workers with advanced degrees. "The MEA spokesperson also said India had already conveyed to the United States about thecontribution of Indian IT professionals+ to the country's competitiveness and innovation. he also showed concerns over Australian visa programme restrictions, adding", Australian officials have told India that it will have "negligible" impact on Indian professionals who are in the high-skill category".
Nasscom also warned of the unintended consequences of using salary levels or skills as the metric to judge the merit of an H-1B application as it "could advantage certain regions such as Silicon Valley over other regions of the US" while also placing "federal bureaucrats in the role of technology consultants and human resource specialists".
"The changes announced by the Government of Australia recently replace one scheme with another".
"So, once that process takes place, then we will have to make an assessment depending upon the details at that stage of the changes made". "The majority of this reduction is thought to be the reduced number of applications that the service providers are submitting", Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO of the Everest Group, told ET.
Gopal Baglay, spokesperson, External affairs ministry, termed the visa issue as "trade and service" and not a matter relating to immigration. "There will be additional requirements, including a test in English and 2 years of work experience, while salary exemptions will go", said Nasscom, adding it was however working with the Indian and Australian governments on the changes and to ensure they could be implemented without disrupting business continuity and value for Australian customers.
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