Mumbai/Bengaluru: India’s IT lobby warned on Tuesday that a bill before the US Congress aimed at imposing tougher visa rules unfairly targets some of its members and will not solve a US labour shortage in technology and engineering.
Industry lobby group Nasscom was responding to a bill introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, that would double the minimum salary required for holders of H-1B visas to $130,000 and determine how many of the visas were allocated, based on factors such as overall wages.
India’s $150 billion information technology sector, led by Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd, uses the H-1B visas to fly engineers and developers to service clients in the US, their biggest market, but opponents say they are using the visas to replace US workers.
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“The Lofgren Bill contains provisions that may prove challenging for the Indian IT sector and will also leave loopholes that will nullify the objective of saving American jobs,” Nasscom said.
The industry body said the bill did not address the shortage of skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers in the US, adding that its provisions were “biased against H-1B dependent companies”