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Nasscom Survey for  HR 170 Bill and Indian IT Giants

A news article from The Economic Times explaining the effects of the HR 170 Bill, that may serve as a disadvantage to IT giants in India.
Fresh restrictions on work visas for technology workers proposed by the Trump administration are set to further exacerbate difficulties faced by Indian outsourcing companies. The proposed regulations — like the HR 170 — as well as the doubling of visa fees announced earlier, have increased the burden on local technology firms placing them at a disadvantage compared to overseas rivals, according to a software industry lobby.

“The US government’s immigration policy is creating an artificial distinction between one company and another,” said R Chandrashekhar, president of the National Association for Software and Services Companies. “Our problem, which we have brought to their attention, is that you cannot and should not be doing things which discriminate against Indian companies even though you have not named them,” he said.

Nasscom has brought this disparity to the attention of the Indian government, the official said.

The HR 170 Bill currently classifies any company that has more 15% of its workforce working onsite as “visadependent”. These companies have to then necessarily increase the minimum salary for H1-B visa holders from $60,000 to $90,000 and cannot move employees on visa from one client to another. Clients have to certify that the visa holder is not displacing an existing employee for his/her the entire tenure which could be six years.

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