US Visa Norm Forces Indian Techies To Look At Newer Locales

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 02, 2017


With US, Australia and Singapore visa rules becoming stringent, the Indian technology workforce started feeling the pinch, since these countries have been an employment ground for several Indian IT companies for many years.

But there seems to be good news grounded in other locales of the world. Top hiring consultants are of the view, in the medium term, new markets will generate opportunities for Indian technologists. Europe, Middle East and Japan are showing demand for Indian IT talent and that Africa, Canada, Latin America and the Nordic nations could be the future IT pool.

“While protectionism has kicked in, local talent is still not available in these countries to meet immediate demand. Besides these, onecan expect Canada, Latin America, South Africa and few other African countries as potential future markets,” ET quoted Rituparna Chakraborty, executive vice president of TeamLease Services as saying.

Indian IT industry’s representative body Nasscom earlier said there will be no impact of the changed norms for H-1B visas under President Donald Trumps ‘Buy American, Hire American campaign. “Nothing is being proposed that would impact or change the FY 2018 H-1B lottery (system) that is underway. No new changes are being implemented immediately,” said the apex National Association of Software Services and Companies (Nasscom) in a statement.

Nonetheless, Assocham said, while almost 86 percent of the H-1B visas allotted to the computer domain go to the Indian workforce, this number will now plummet to about 60 percent or less than that. “In that case, the chances of layoffs are real,” an ANI report on ET quoted ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat as saying, while cautioning the apex bodies and the government to design a joint strategy to deal with the situation.

“Indian IT talent will grow in a big way in Canada where language won’t be a problem for Indians,” ET quoted Kris Lakshmikanth, managing director at Head Hunters India, as saying.

He said that skilled IT professional will still bear significant opportunities in the US itself. The US falls short of STEM students and for it to build on that talent it will take about 5-10 years.

Though there is a lot of fear among Indian techies, but greener pastures lay in other foreign shores. Skilled IT workforce will also see roles in large projects in India under the ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Digital India Initiatives’.