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Mar 20, 2017 10:52 AM IST | Source:

Infosys abstains from applying for H1B visas for junior employees

H-1B visa woes for employees have worsened with Vishal Sikka-led IT major Infosys deciding to stay away from applying for the US work visa for its junior staffers — those with less than four years of experience. The company is trying to avoid any issues arising out of the Donald Trump administration’s visa regulations, according to a report in The Economic Times.

Domestic IT companies have been trying to come to terms with the protectionist measures being implemented by the US and are aligning their operations to lessen their dependence on H-1B visas.

Infosys is in talks with its clients to bring both the work done by junior employees and such staffers to India, according to the report. Also, the company hasn’t raised fresh visa requests for candidates in systems engineer and senior systems engineer posts.

Infosys declined to comment on ET’s story.

Earlier this year, the US Congress had proposed tightening of H1B visa norms through The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act which mandates to raise the minimum salary of H-1B visa aspirants to over USD 100,000 per annum from the current USD 60,000.

Indians with H1B and L-1 visas contribute USD 1 billion annually to the US, according to industry body NASSCOM’s estimates.

Indian IT industry contributes to about 4 lakh direct and indirect jobs in the US, contributing for about USD 5 billion in taxes annually. Nearly 60 percent, or about 65,000, of the total H1B visas are issued to Indian contingent, mostly in the IT sector.
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