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Debasish Acharya, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 will significantly impact Indian companies such as Infosys, TCS, and Wipro, in addition to US tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Google. Initially, idea behind H1B visa was aimed at supplementing the US workforce with high-skilled workers for doing those jobs for which Americans did not possess required skills. Over time, there have been many quibblings about many companies replacing American workers with foreign counterparts, as the latter can be hired at lower salaries using H1B visas with the same skillsets. Few cases were also evident of Americans being forced to train H1B holders to do their own jobs and gradually they were fired.
The new H1B visa reform bill aims at increasing the minimum salary for visa holders to $130,000, more than double the current minimum. This implies companies would either have to pay a higher costs for employing highly-skilled foreign citizens or hire the Americans. It would also remove the ‘per country’ cap for employment-based immigrant visas. A gap in demand and supply for talent for smaller companies, which cannot afford the highly skilled workforce, may be created by these visa reforms.
Seventy years of independence and the state is such changes take place in the US and there is a tremendous impact on us. Do we think more about foreigners while formulating policies for our own. Certainly not, so why are the hues and cry if someone else does that? We call ourselves as a developing nation, but we like to serve it better staying abroad. Ranking fourth globally in brain drain, we have given ourselves a reason to worry. We fail to recognize our potential, numerous justifications will follow but somewhere in the search of an affluent lifestyle, we have lost our own identity. Let us start believing in ourselves, there will be few road-blocks but somewhere down the line we will not be worried in future.