Separate Sentiment From Facts On H1B, Says Nasscom Chairman

New York:  Amid the Donald Trump administration’s heightened scrutiny of H1B work visas and uncertainty among IT professionals, Nasscom Chairman Rishad Premji has said it is important to “separate the sentiment from the fact” regarding the visas.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. 

“I think it is important to separate the sentiment from the fact,” Mr Premji told PTI in an interview in New York. 

He asserted that of the 65,000 H1B visas issued every year, the Indian IT industry uses less than 10,000, adding that 70 per cent of visas go to Indians but they do not go to Indian companies. This is very important to appreciate. 

He said it is also a fact that by 2020 there will be shortage of 2.4 million people,…

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