New Visa Rules Reduce Dominance of Indian Techies in H-1B Scheme

With America’s president, Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, outsourcing companies in the US owned by Indians have been constrained to focus on talents already in the US for recruitment. But then, this route is cost-intensive.

New Visa Rules Reduce Dominance of Indian Techies in H-1B Scheme

CARE, a company that deals with credit ratings recently released a report where they revealed that they foresee more locals being recruited to fill in vacancies in the US. According to the report, there will also be payment of higher wages which will severely affect margins of IT majors.

H-1B visas give foreigners access to the US job market. With the visa, they live in the country while working for up to 6 years. Up to 75 percent of H-1B visas issued in 2018 alone were taken up by Indians. Since President Trump resumed office in January 2017, there has been a persistent need to spell out the specialty occupations that are covered by the H-1B visa scheme and more importantly, the criteria for selection of applicants. The documentation process and scrutiny have been tightened. The government has also set up targeted site visits to check visa abuse as well as other offenses.

Hiring Americans has become crucial to the survival of US companies

Tech companies in the US are already battling with a massive shortage of a skilled workforce. So in a bid to solve the labor shortage caused by the stricter immigration policies, Indian IT companies have started depending less on talents from abroad to fill in their vacant positions. They have rather turned to the local talent to do the job.

To make matters worse, the new H-1B lottery process which prioritizes applicants with advanced degrees from universities had further hampered the dim glint of hope for Indian techies to work in the US.

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