Are H1B Visas being abused by Indian IT Industry?


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:
Infosys Technologies,
Wipro Ltd.,
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.,
Patni Computer Systems,
I-Flex Solutions Inc.,
Satyam Computer Services Ltd.,
Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.,
Tech Mahindra Americas Inc.
Mphasis Corp.

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.

  1. singh says

    indian gov should do ther part to check on frrauds in H1b as it spoils the whole image of India and this otherwise good program.

  2. Ashish says

    I have read a lot about how restricting H1B program will hurt progress of America. While I don’t refute most of the arguments, I wonder about two things. One, how come we Indians are more worried about America’s future than our own country’s? Of Course I am going a little tangent on the topic, but when the beneficiaries of a cause advocate in favor of the cause saying that it helps OTHER side of the equation more, then that argument can’t be as credible.

    I hope I am able to communicate my point.

    Other point – Lets face it. H1B program IS abused. It is not designed to work that way, but unfortunately, anyone in IT industry (and even people who know good deal about it) know for a fact that it is abused. Is it abused by every employer? Not really, but a good number of them do. Especially the small size body shopping companies.

    Ideally, as a rising economy and in many ways a competitor of the US in world economy, Indians should feel leveraged about a decision which doesn’t favor America. But again, just a far fetched idea.. I don’t really believe in competition, I am a proponent of collaboration.

  3. Binay satpathy says

    I am working as a Human Resource Manager in India with an IT company.

    I would like to suggest if a better communication can be initiated looking at global prospective , it  is the American Industy is being benifited .An american worker’s right has to be protected in America, the concern of the law makers are genuine but they have to find a way to develop and catch up with the skill set of the Indian IT workes than anything else being the leading economy in the word.


  4. uday kumar says

    i want h1 b visa
    my mail id is:::::::: [email protected]

    please do it for me

  5. uday kumar says

    i want h1 b visa

    please do it for me

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