US immigration Bill unlikely to hit Indian IT firms: Nasscom

The proposed US Immigration Reform Bill by the US House of Representatives is unlikely to have damaging provisions affecting the Indian IT industry unlike the legislation passed by the Senate last month,according to IT-BPO trade body Nasscom.

Written by Fe Bureau | Bangalore | Published: July 24, 2013 4:05:39 am

The proposed US Immigration Reform Bill by the US House of Representatives is unlikely to have damaging provisions affecting the Indian IT industry unlike the legislation passed by the Senate last month,according to IT-BPO trade body Nasscom.

Talking to FE,Nasscom president Som Mittal said,“We have spoken to people who are drafting the Bill and they have assured us that they are not interested in having both the displacement and outplacement clause in the Bill when it goes to the House of representatives. They are in favour of skilled workers.”

The Bill passed by US Senate has damaging inputs for the Indian IT industry especially with regard to the outplacement clause. The clause states that firms with over 15% of their employees on H-1B visas cannot deploy their resource in US companies.

“Nasscom and even the Indian Ambassador have spoken on this matter. We are hopeful that our demands will be considered in the House,” Mittal said. The House of Representatives has indicated that it is very unlikely to take up the Bill passed by the Senate and it would have its own piece of legislation. It is also very unlikely that there would be any legislation in the next month as the lawmakers go on one-month recess in August.

As the Bill in House of Representatives is in draft stages,there are certain niggling issues. “There are one or two clauses in the Bill,but we are fine with that. Those clauses are applicable for everyone and we can handle that,” the Nasscom president said.

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