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‘Anti-H-1B visa bill’ Introduced In US, Huge Blow For Indian IT Firms

In a major blow to Indian IT companies, which are heavily dependent on H-1B and L1 visas in the US for their operations of on site - offshore model, two US lawmakers have introduced in the House of Representatives a legislation, which if passed by the Congress would prevent Indian IT companies from hiring professionals on H-1B and L1 work visas.

The bill known as ' H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016' also called as the ‘anti-H-1B visa bill’ introduced by bipartisan group formed by Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell from New Jersey and Republican Dana Rohrabacher from California.

This bill would prohibit companies from hiring H-1B employees, if the company employs more than 50 people and more than 50% of their employees are H-1B and L-1 visa holders.The bill aimed to offer protections for American workers and visa holders.

But as a breather for Indian IT companies  before the bill gets signed into a law by US President Barack Obama, it has to pass by the Senate, wherein it has not been tabled so far. It's interesting that, the two sponsors of the bill come from the two American states which have the largest concentration of Indian Americans.
Pascrell and Rohrabacher had introduced a similar version of this bill in 2010, which could not gain enough support in the Congress.

Such a bill if passed will have a major impact on Indian IT industry.

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