Latest On H-1B Visas In 10 Points: India Sends Feedback To Team Trump
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- American lawmakers considering revised guidelines for H-1B visas
- H-1B visas are a crucial component of business of Infosys, Wipro, TCS
- BSE IT index fell over 4% on Tuesday
The new proposal asks for the minimum salary of those on H-1B visas to be doubled to $130,000 a year and makes it difficult for tech giants to hire foreign workers, including Indians, over Americans. IT stocks fell up to 9 per cent today, with the top 5 Indian IT firms losing Rs. 50,000 crore in market value. President Donald Trump is also expected to sign this week new rules that would make it much tougher for Indian firms to avail of H-1B visas.
Here is your 10-point guide to this big story:
2) Under the new rules proposed by Mr Trump, tech giants would have to show that they tried to prioritize hiring American citizens. If they hire foreign employees, it would have to be for more senior and expensive positions than is currently the norm.
3) “Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the US national interest,” Mr Trump’s draft proposal reads, according to a copy reviewed by Bloomberg. “Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers – our forgotten working people – and the jobs they hold.”
4) H-1B visas are intended for foreign nationals in “specialty” occupations that generally require higher education in fields and are given to professionals like scientists, engineers or computer programmers. The government awards 65,000 every year.
5) More than 60 percent of the US employees of Infosys are H-1B holders, and the company in its annual report has cited an increase in visa costs as among factors that could hurt its profitability.
6) Spouses of those on H-1B visas would not have the right to work in the US under the new rules.
7) H-1B visas were meant to help companies hire from abroad if they couldn’t recruit suitable local talent. But the program has been misused, say critics, to hire cheaper foreign workers, depriving Americans of jobs.
8) The majority of the visas are awarded to outsourcing firms, sparking criticism by skeptics that say those firms use the visas to fill lower-level information technology jobs- depriving Americans of jobs, says the Trump administration.
9) Critics also say the lottery system benefits outsourcing firms that flood the system with mass applications.
10) Some lawsuits by American workers