New US H-1B norms won't make much difference: Nasscom

IANS
Washington, Publish Date: Feb 24 2018 12:54AM | Updated Date: Feb 24 2018 12:54AM
New US H-1B norms won't make much difference: Nasscom

 The United States' latest move on issuing H-1B visas to software engineers will not make much difference to Indian IT firms, apex industry body Nasscom said on Friday.

"The new measure will be an unnecessary and expensive burden that will not make much difference to our member firms, which are in the business of providing solutions to client companies," said the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) in a statement here.

In line with US President Donald Trump's "Buy American and Hire American" policy, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday declared that the hiring firms have to prove that their employees working at a third-party worksite have specific and non-qualifying speculative agreements in specialty occupation.

"The resilient Indian IT industry has demonstrated that as sponsoring employers, they maintain control over and relationship with their visa holders," Nasscom President R. Chandrashekar told IANS.

Noting that the latest move appeared to be at odds with the Trump Administration's effort to reduce regulation and red-tape, the IT body said it was assessing the potential impact and would share details of the policy.  (IANS)


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