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For more than a quarter century, the H-1B visa program has been at the center of US-India relations and trade ties. It has been instrumental in the spectacular rise of the $160 billion Indian information technology industry — nearly a tenth of the country’s GDP — which is dependent on the US market for more than half of its revenue. The H-1B visa program also allowed more than 1 million Indians to immigrate to the United States. Annually, more than two-thirds of the H-1B visas are granted to Indian nationals.
In the past few years, there has been a backlash against the program. Economic nationalists and anti-immigrant forces in the United States have been mounting a strong campaign against H-1B, alleging that it has resulted in Americans losing jobs and has depressed the US IT job market. Now after the victory of President Trump — who campaigned against large-scale abuses of H-1B in the November elections — a plethora of bills are being introduced in US Congress to crack down on H-1B visas, especially to reduce abuses and loopholes in the program. The administration has signaled its strong intention to make it difficult for Indian IT companies to use H-1B visas to hire talent from India for the US market.
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The American Bazaar‘s “US-India Tech Forum” will discuss the future of the H-1B visa program and the impact a potential crackdown on the program will have on the Indian and US Information Technology industries. Key stakeholders from the Indian information technology sector will share their views on the recent developments in the H-1B and L1 visa program. Also, the event will include a workshop on the US immigration law by a leading international immigration firm.