Monday , December 17 2018

US decision on H1-B visas will impact IT companies: Nasscom

Nasscom said it will work with the UnitesStates Embassy in India to ensure that movement of professionals is not hit by such process issues.

The trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry-National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)  said, United States decision to temporarily suspend the premium processing of H1B visas will lead to process delays for Indian IT companies.

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“The current issue of the temporary suspension of premium processing of H-1B visas will create some process delays for the companies — Indian and American, but is not a significant hindrance,” said Nasscom.

Nasscom said it will work with the United States Embassy in India to confirm that movement of professionals is not hit by such the premium processing of H1B visas process issues. “This has happened in the past for a couple of months to clear the backlog and we will work with the US Embassy in India to enable mobility of skilled talent is not impacted due to process issues,” said the IT body.

For Indian IT companies like Wipro, TCS, and Infosys which employ a large number of H-1B visa holders, the suspension signals longer wait for visa approvals. Gartner Research director D.D. Mishra said that the suspension of H-1B visas will have an immediate effect on the capability of Indian IT firms to respond to urgency, thereby impacting some agility and speed.

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Mishra said, “There are many projects where the IT firms need to address the requirement immediately and some of them are often planned or unplanned or due to a certain situation very specific to the account or project. In order to address this requirement, Indian IT firms may have to hire exclusive resources onsite or it can delay certain time-sensitive initiatives driven by urgency. ”

For the first time due to the temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B visas by the UnitedStates has prompted Nasscom to postpone its annual forecasts until May.
UnitedStates has said that from April 3, it would temporarily suspend the premium processing of H-1B visas that allowed some firms to jump the queue, as part of overall efforts to clear the backlog.

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