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H1b visa taking American jobs: immigration reforms to play major role in US elections 216

H1b visa taking American jobs: immigration reforms to play major role in US elections 216

H1b visa taking American jobs: immigration reforms to play major role in US elections 216

NEW DELHI: Immigration and visa issues, which have long plagued the information technology sector, could come back to hurt Indian IT services companies this year as the US heads towards presidential election in 2016.

In the US, the biggest market for the Indian IT services sector, “this will be a bloody, contentious election and immigration reform is right up there for discussion”, said Phil Fersht, founder and chief executive of HfS Research.

“The displacement of US IT and back-office jobs will be a significant issue leading up to 2016.” India’s $146-billion IT outsourcing industry has been a beneficiary of the temporary US work visas that are required by skilled foreign workers to work in that country. The employees working at client locations in the US are issued H-1B visas, which have a cap of 65,000 a year.immigration impact us hiring

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