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White House welcomes Infosys decision to hire Americans

New H-1B visa norms: Entry level computer programmers face hit
05 Apr 2017
  • In the midst of the mad dash for H-1B visas, for which entries open every April, the new administration in Washington DC played a trump card through a Homeland Security memo, notifying tougher vetting procedures for computer programmers.
  • The move is in line with President Trump's pledge to put American workers first.
  • Let us explore how this could affect Indian citizens and IT companies.

  • Computer programmer not a specialist position, not eligible by default
  • The memo directs companies applying for H-1B visas for computer programmers, to specify whether the job is complex and requires a professional degree.
  • This is the first time H-1B visa norms have made distinctions between programming roles. Programmers are the third largest recipients of H-1B visas, and overall, 40% of applications are for jobs in the lowest wage scale, which is being specifically targeted.

  • Driving the US tech engine
    Around 85,000 H-1B visas are issued every year, for which a fresh cap is opened every April 1st by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A Brookings Institution report in 2012 found that there were 17 H-1B applications per 1,000 jobs in Silicon Valley.

    India's connection with H-1B visas
  • 20,000 H-1B visas are reserved for those with Master's Degree from the US, while 6,800 are usually kept for citizens from Singapore and Chile as part of agreements with the USA.
  • In 2016, 2,36,000 applications were received for 65,000 visas.
  • In 2014, IT companies from India took 21,750 of the number, while 86% of the total visas went to IT professionals from India.

  • Indian IT companies need to re-think
  • The move will affect Indian IT firms like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Mindtree and Cognizant, which are major users of H-1B visas. In 2015, the eight top employers using H-1B visas were Indian firms.
  • Moreover, hiring high-level workers on low-scale visas to cut costs is a major racket this memo deals with, which would directly impact the profitability of Indian IT companies.

  • H-1B issue: Infosys to hire 10,000 local US techies
    02 May 2017
  • Indian technology giant Infosys has decided to open four technology centers and hire over 10,000 US techies in light of the new limitations on the H-1B visas.
  • The first technology center will be opened in Indiana in August, the home state of US Vice President Mike Pence.
  • Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said "obviously, creating more American jobs and opportunities is a good thing."

  • White House welcomes Infosys decision to hire Americans
    03 May 2017
  • Ninio Fetalvo, a White House spokesman stated to the media that "We're glad to see companies like Infosys see opportunity in the American economy again."
  • The statement was in response to Infosys's decision to hire 10,000 US techies and set up 4 tech parks in the country.
  • The Trump administration said it was a sign that companies were renewing investment interest in the US.

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