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Bill Seeking to Raise Salary of H-1B Visa Holders 'driven by myths', Says NASSCOM

November 2017, 18
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The H-1B work visas permit the travel to the US, of highly skilled overseas professional workers.  Since President Trump’s campaign last year, they are in the center of a controversy.  The US Congressional committee has voted in favor of a legislation which proposes to increase the minimum salary of all H-1B visa holders. National Association of Software and Services companies which is the body of Indian software services stated that this Bill is driven by myths regarding the Information Technology sector of India.

He has launched a campaign which aims to Make America Great Again, and changing the H-1B visa management is a goal in it.

The US Congressional committee has now proposed an increase in the minimum salary payable to of H-1B visa holders to USD 90,000 which is a big raise from the present USD 60,000. It makes room for imposing various restrictions on the work visa which hold a great appeal for Indian IT professionals.

The Bill named Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (HR 170) was initiated by Darrell Issa Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Internet, Intellectual Property, and Courts. It has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee also. It will now be considered by the full House for required action.

R Chandrashekhar, President of NASSCOM has stated that this legislation was based on myths, and not close to the reality. If implemented it will harm US business, disrupt the market and impose huge bureaucratic red tape. It has the potential to threaten US jobs, and choke the spirit of innovation by targeting few companies in an unfair and arbitrary manner.

The Indian IT outsourcing industry worth USD 155 billion now is a direct beneficiary of the H-1B visa program. It is favored to send Indian engineers to the US and stays accused of misuse in the present system for sending many people to the US. The industry denies the claim.

Chandrashekhar also said that the data of the US government reveals the significant shortage of highly skilled personnel in the country. It also showed that the high-skilled visa programs were not a main cause of unemployment in the US.

IT specialists choosing to work on temporary visas were not cheap labor. Their Employers have been subjected to maximum regulations and scrutiny. Companies which are the members of NASSCOM stand for all applicable laws and follow the regulations.

There has also been an issue of

India has not lobbied with the US government sufficiently on the H-1B visas issue, which is actually regarded as a draconian program affecting the jobs in America.

Rajiv Dabhadkar, Founder of the ‎National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals, said that these jobs are presently centered on Indian employers, and eliminates fresh guest workers, or new Indian graduates who have not availed the provident fund account benefits in India.  The demand for H-1B visas would in view of the deficit of graduates in the domains of Science, Maths Technology and Engineering in the US. This shortage will hit the 1.1 million mark by 2020. In the end, he urged for the intervention of the Indian government when the present Bill became a law.

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