H-1B visa issue: NASSCOM says it’s a challenge for Indian firms

Given the sensitivity of the issue and the fact that Bills have to go through multiple stages before being enacted, IT companies preferred not to comment on the matter.

H-1B visa issue: NASSCOM says it’s a challenge for Indian firms

The National Association of Software and Services Companies has said the US Bill proposing to more than double the minimum wages for H1B workers from the current $60,000 to $130,000, and to prevent high skill jobs from going to non-US citizens, will pose a big challenge to the Indian information technology sector.

The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market-based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200% of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H-1B dependent employer are exempt from non-displacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than USD 130,000.


The legislation sets aside 20% of the annually allocated H-1B visas for small and start-up employers (50 or fewer employers) to ensure small businesses have an opportunity to compete for high-skilled workers, while still protecting against outsourcing.

Given the sensitivity of the issue and the fact that Bills have to go through multiple stages before being enacted, IT companies preferred not to comment on the matter.

As of 2015, Indian IT companies were the top users of H1B visas issued by the US, with TCS at the top with 4,674 new visas for its employees during the year.

Analysts said Indian software companies could be forced to weigh in the option of hiring locally in the US to control additional costs.