Nasscom, the IT industry body, this week claimed that continuation of fast handling of H-1B visas by the U.S. will assist technology firms in India smoothly perform business even as they carry on to aim on lowering their reliance on work visas.
R Chandrasekhar, the President of Nasscom, claimed that the requests for work visas by IT companies in India have reduced by 50% over the past couple of years since the firms are using new technologies to lower reliance on visas to send employees to client locations. “This is surely a welcome shift. We were anticipating this to come. Regularly, when priority visa handling is stopped, it is carried out for 2 Months or so. This time, it was supplementary, which was unusual,” he claimed to the media in an interview.
The U.S. has started again the fast handling of H-1B work visas in all segments subject to Congress-authorized limit, 5 Months post it was concluded temporarily to manage the vast rush of requests for the work visas trendy amid IT professionals in India. When a petitioner applies the premium processing service of the agency, the USCIS (U.S. citizenship and immigration services) guarantees a processing period of 15 Days.
If the processing period of 15 Days is not met, the organization will refund the premium processing service charge of the petitioner and carry on with accelerated handling of the request. Chandrasekhar claimed that the continuation was vital for smooth performance of business. “Requests have reduced by 50 % due to problems around visa, comprising enduring delays, elevated scrutiny, and also due to modifying business prototypes, there is elevated domestic hiring,” he further said.
Chandrasekhar claimed that the route of premium processing is significant since it is hard to expect the needs in advance and file requests due to special skill sets. Shivendra Singh, the Vice-President of Nasscom, claimed that the number of requested granted to the leading 7 companies in India has lowered down from more than 18,000 in 2014 to below 10,000 in 2016. “We are totally agreeing for it as long as it is not resulting in any unnecessary delays and harassment,” Singh further added.