Posted on 26/04/2017
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) countered the United States’ claim that Indian IT firms bag the highest number of H-1B Visas by exploiting the lottery system that allots these work permits. Nasscom came out in defence of its members Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys had won only 7,504 – 8.8% of the approved H-1B visas in 2014-2015, PTI reported.
On April 17, an official of the US government had said, “Top Indian IT firms TCS , Infosys and Cognizant “unfairly” cornering the lion’s share of the H1B work visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system, if you will, and then they get the lion’s share of visas”. Indian technology firms use H1B visas to send their employees to work at customer sites in the US, which is the largest market for the over $110 billion Indian IT export industry. Over the past few weeks, there is a growing sentiment of protectionism across various markets, including the US, that are seeking to safeguard jobs for locals and raise the bar for foreign workers.
“Nasscom would like to clarify on the statements made by the White House on Indian companies getting the lion’s share of H1B visas and highlight that in 2014-15, only six of the top 20 H1B recipients were Indian companies,” it said in a statement. “All Indian IT companies cumulatively account for less than 20% of the total approved H-1B visas, though Indian nationals get about 71% of the H-1B visas.” This indicated the high skill levels of Indian-origin professionals, the association added.
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