Nasscom opposes heating of the S.386 Bill in the US, saying some provisions could have devastating effects

New Delhi, December 17 (Nasscom's body industry on Tuesday said a new US Bill proposes to bar a section of IT companies from bringing global talent into H-1B visas that will have devastating effects. in competition with American companies and created an uneven playing field.

The bill aims to bring amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate each country's limit for immigrant-based employment. However, another provision would reduce 50:50 companies (those with 50 employees and more in the US or 50 percent of H-1B visa staff from bringing more H-1B employees to US.

Nasscom Vice-President and Head - Global Trade Development Shivendra Singh says Nasscom has supported the removal of every country cover on green cards as the original intent of the Bill.

However, we strongly oppose the process followed and some discriminatory provisions of the Act that deal with the irrelevant matter of H-1B visas. H-1B provisions have been introduced, to overcome objections to the bill's warmth, Singh said.

Hotlining a Bill is a US procedure - usually used to move it quickly - when a proposal is called for to pass without a vote (by unanimous consent).

Singh said any law with such a significant effect should not be made through the expedited scheme of a Senate hotline.

Senators and companies affected by it should be given a fair opportunity to fully understand and comment on its effects, he added.

Singh explained that S. 386, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, would block a portion of the IT services industry (50:50 companies) from tapping into the global talent pool to meet lack skills and assist their US-based clients, most of whom are 75 percent of Fortune 500 players.

According to an IHS report, India's IT services industry has contributed nearly USD 57 billion to US GDP and recorded more than half a million direct and indirect jobs across America ... It (law) could have a serious and detrimental effect on their future investment and job creation in the US, and impact US change and disrupt the competitive landscape, he said. Singh added that the Senate should be given time to carefully consider the implications of the amendment. SR SR MR MR

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