The first change of rules around the H-1B visa, which has been used by many Indian IT outsourcing outfits to take workers to the US, will be announced by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security on Monday US time.
American plans to strip the spouses of holders of H-1B visas of the right to work have reached the final stage, with the Department of Homeland Security inching towards approving the change.
A former employee of Indian IT outsourcing company HCL has filed a suit, claiming that the firm discriminates against non-Indian workers and games the American H-1B visa system.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has asserted its authority to limit the length of stay of an H-1B visa holder in the US in a statement about additional protections to combat what it calls abuse of this class of visa.
The whole point of making changes to the H-1B visa system is so that Indian outsourcing companies are deprived of the visas and American companies can use them instead, according to a veteran US tech journalist.
New rules around H-1B visas will make it harder for companies that are dependent on this class of visa to take foreigners to the US for work.
The US Government has taken further steps to tighten the rules for foreign H-1B visa holders, reportedly removing the ability for their spouses to obtain work permits.
Companies in Silicon Valley have ceased hiring employees from outside the US, with fears growing that moves to restrict immigration could make the hiring of outsiders tougher.
The head of a global technology services firm that has never availed itself of H-1B visas says it does so because the H1-B is not in the best interest of foreign workers.
An Indian outsourcing company has finally come out with a definitive statement on US President Donald Trump's visa policies, criticising them and saying they will damage the IT industry.
Large-scale professional services offshorer Cognizant Technology Solutions has announced a 10.7% rise in revenue for the first quarter of the financial year to US$3.55 billion.
In what appears to be a bid to gain favour in the US, Indian outsourcing giant Infosys has announced that it will be hiring 10,000 American workers over the next two years.
IT workers at the state-supported University of California are set to file a case this week against their being replaced by workers from the Indian outsourcing company HCL.
Changes made by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to the criteria for granting H-1B visas appear to have had an effect, with the number of applications falling for the first time in four years.
Outsourcing companies who hire lower-paid lower-level computer programmers appear to be targeted by new guidance on H-1B visas issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday.
Fears that the new US administration would make changes to the H-1B visa system before the application process kicks off on 1 April have receded after the White House signalled that it was not a priority.
Changes to the work visa system in the US, which have been mandated by President Donald Trump, will benefit multinational technology companies, according to a well respected veteran US tech journalist.
Indian outsourcing companies are in a state of nervous tension as they wait to see what changes will be made to the US H-1B visa system, which they use to send workers on assignment to the US.
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