You have heard about the H1B quota getting exhuasted within 24 hours of it opening and you have also read lot of reports on companies lobbying to get H1B cap increased from current 65000 to 115000.
Most of us are convinced that increase in H1B visa quotas is going to help American Economy grow – but some people believe otherwise and they are going full throttle opposing it. Their contention is that the H-1B visa programme is being abused to displace qualified American workers. Two US lawmakers have asked nine foreign-based firms, including some leading Indian companies that used 20,000 of such visas, to disclose details about their workforce and their use of the special programme.
The companies that have been asked for this explanation are:
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.,
Patni Computer Systems,
I-Flex Solutions Inc.,
Satyam Computer Services Ltd.,
Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.,
Tech Mahindra Americas Inc.
The two US law makers – Republican Senator Charles Grassley and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin — said “more and more it appears that companies are using H-1B visas to displace qualified, American workers.”
They plan to monitor the system closely that generates these visas and the way they are used. Senators Grassley and Durbin recently introduced legislation that would overhaul the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to give priority to American workers and crack down on unscrupulous employers who deprive qualified Americans of high-skill jobs
Information that is being asked of the companies are on the number of visas they hold, wages, efforts to recruit qualified American workers, outsourcing of jobs to other countries and whether any US workers have had their responsibilities outsourced.
I am a firm believer that in any circumstances, America will have to increase the H1B quota if they really want to stay competitive in IT Industry.