750,000 H-1B visa holders may face deportation if proposed tweak in rules gets approved
New Delhi: The proposed US Invoice — Shield and Develop American Jobs – suggesting tweaks in H-1B visa, essentially the most wanted amongst Indian IT professionals, may even see big deportation.
As per media studies, if the proposal will get authorised, it may possibly trigger an estimated deportation of 500,000-750,000 H-1B visa holders. The Invoice has been handed by the Home Judiciary Committee and is now headed for the US Senate.
The invoice proposes new restrictions to stop abuse and misuse of H-1B visas. It tightens the definition of visa- dependent corporations, and imposes recent restrictions by way of minimal wage and motion of expertise.
Aside from prescribing larger minimal wages, the Invoice locations the onus on shoppers that they are going to certify that the visa holder isn’t displacing an current worker for a tenure of 5-6 years.
The Invoice proposes to lift the minimal wage considerably to about USD 100,000 if the corporate needs to be exempted from the labour certification necessities.
The software program companies supplier must notify the US authorities if the shopper has displaced a employee, an obligation that’s unprecedented.
Software program physique Nasscom has cautioned that the Invoice is riddled with “onerous circumstances” and locations “unprecedented obligations” on each Indian IT corporations and shoppers utilizing H-1B visas.
“We have no idea the precise timeline however we have now been advised it is going to come up early 2018,” R Chandrashekhar, President, Nationwide Affiliation for Software program and Providers Firms (Nasscom) has mentioned.
Chandrashekhar mentioned one other “excessive concern” is that “within the identify of defending American jobs, this has been utilized solely to the so referred to as visa-dependent corporations that interprets to Indian corporations”.
“There isn’t any doubt we have now been seeing an more and more damaging atmosphere and this is part of the protectionist, anti-globalisation development,” he mentioned referring to a slew of measures taken by the US within the current previous, together with elevated visa scrutiny, premium visa processing being placed on maintain for a number of months and many others.