PTI reports that the USCIS has a Congressional mandate to issue 65,000 H-1B visas in general category and another 20,000 for those applicants having higher education from United States universities in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The development comes as a breather for Indian H-1B visa holders waiting for their Green Cards who were at risk of deportation if a proposal to end granting extension to visa under this programme was accepted. However, IT industry veteran Mohandas Pai demolishes that fear as a myth, stating that the move would hurt the U.S. more because it "simply does not have the talent for the IT sector like India has".
"The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President's Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment based visa programs", he added. "There are very few from the Indian IT workforce who would want an extension", he says. If the controversial proposal had been implemented, it would have caused deportation of 500,000 to 750,000 Indian H-1B visa holders. The move is seen as detrimental for the Indian workforce seeking jobs in the US. Since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been talking about cracking down on the H-1B visa scheme.
Not just the USA companies but also their politicians would be affected. Of them, almost 40 per cent visa holders are waiting for their green card process to conclude.
"We are not sending cheap labour to the US. They can not be replaced", Pai said.
The official denied that USCIS was backing down because of pressure from United States tech industry and Indian lobbying efforts.
We will keep you updated as newer rules regarding immigration and work visa are announced and updated by the US Govt. Stay tuned!
Groups that represent Indian companies and workers - such as the National Association of Software and Services Companies, Immigration Voice and Compete America - started deploying lobbyists and other representatives at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to argue against possible regulatory changes that could prevent foreign tech industry workers from keeping their visas longer than six years, according to US and India-based industry sources and worker advocates familiar with the plans, reported McClatchy. But even if they are deported, their return, he believes, will not impact company bottom lines negatively.
As per Nasscom's statement issued last year, two Indian companies namely TCS and Infosys together received 7,504 approved H-1B visas in financial year 2015, which is 8.8 per cent of the total approved H-1B visas during that year. Why would they pay that kind of money to hire people from overseas if they could get this talent within?