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H-1B visa woes: Nasscom says US’ new government order primarily based on misperceptions, misinformation

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(Consultant picture) NEW DELHI: Business physique Nasscom on Tuesday mentioned US President Donald Trump’s government order in opposition to hiring H-1B visa holders for federal contracts “seems to have been made primarily based on misperceptions, and misinformation”. In a press […]

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NEW DELHI: Business physique Nasscom on Tuesday mentioned US President Donald Trump’s government order in opposition to hiring H-1B visa holders for federal contracts “seems to have been made primarily based on misperceptions, and misinformation”.
In a press release, Nasscom mentioned that because the world opens up publish COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns, it is crucial for the US to have the ability to entry expertise essential to the restoration part.
Measures that prohibit entry to expertise will slowdown the restoration part of the US financial system, jobs, innovation, and analysis and improvement, it cautioned.
US President Trump on Monday signed an government order asking federal companies to rent Individuals, and stopping them from contracting or subcontracting international employees, primarily these with H-1B visas.
The transfer is predicted to be a setback to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market.
Earlier on June 23, the Trump administration had suspended H-1B visas together with different sorts of international work visas till the top of 2020 to guard American employees within the essential election yr.
The H-1B visa, most sought-after amongst Indian techies, is a non-immigrant visa that permits US corporations to make use of international employees in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical experience.
“President Trump’s government order on ‘Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices with the Pursuits of American Staff’ seems to have been made primarily based on misperceptions, and misinformation,” Nasscom mentioned.
Part of the manager order focuses on federal contracting, and a part of the order focuses on the H-1B visa program generally, it mentioned.
“Each parts of the Govt Order mandate critiques, stories, and improvement of coverage and apply and proposals quite than mandating any speedy modifications,” it added.
Nasscom famous that the order comes at a time when there’s a “big scarcity” of STEM (science, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic) expertise within the US, that employees on short-term non-immigrant visas like H-1B and L-1 assist bridge.
The trade affiliation identified that unemployment fee for pc occupations (these most typical amongst H-1B visa holders) declined from three per cent in January 2020 to 2.5 per cent in Might 2020.
In opposition to this, unemployment fee for all different occupations grew from 4.1 per cent in January 2020 to 13.5 per cent in Might 2020.
“Additional, within the 30-day interval ending 13 Might 2020, there have been over 6,25,000 energetic job emptiness postings marketed on-line for jobs in widespread pc occupations, together with these most typical to H-1B visa holders,” Nasscom mentioned.
The chief order requires all federal companies to finish an inner audit inside 120 days and assess whether or not they’re in compliance with the requirement that solely US residents and nationals are appointed to the aggressive service.

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