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Indian IT Industry Plans to Raise Concerns Regarding US Visa Norms

January 2015, 23
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India to raise concerns related to US visa norms
On the eve of US president’s visit to India, the IT sector is planning to seek transparency with regards to the Obama administration on its visa norms and elevates non-conclusion of the totalization pact.

Indian IT industry has been demanding for the totalization agreement between India and US since a long time. The pact permits Indian workers residing in the United States to bring back contributions they make to the country’s social security system on their return to home place.

Indian IT professionals who are in US for working purpose on temporary basis with around $1 billion towards social security per year but are not allowed stay for longer period to reap the benefits. The US has totalization pact with 25 nations, including Australia, UK, Japan and South Korea.

The president of Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies), R Chandrashekhar said that the non-availability of totalization pact between the two nations implies that the IT people who go to US should pay tax but they will not get anything in return. Nasscom will also raise concerns related to immigration reform and wish to know more about L-1 visas, which are granted for intra-company transfers.

Chandrashekhar added that president Obama’s executive action on immigration reform has relaxed rules for H-1B visas but the L-1 visa guidance for specialized-knowledge or managerial workers is still under consideration.

Sources stated that the US is showing interest to build strong ties with India and the Obama’s visit will help both the nations to work hand on hand. It is a great chance for Indian startups to work together with the US and said the government’s interest on Make in India and Digital India initiatives is a great opportunity to strengthen relationship between the two nations.

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