In an alleged abuse crackdown by US of the H-1B temporary visa program for foreign workers, Indian tech firms were named by senior Trump administration officials during a briefing on the president’s executive order issued last week.
In a media report, an official stated “You may know their names well, but like the top recipients of the H-1B visa are companies like Tata, Infosys, Cognizant — they will apply for a very large number of visas, more than they get, by putting extra tickets in the lottery raffle, if you will, and then they’ll get the lion’s share of visas.”
“These are the top three recipients of H-1B visas. And those three companies are companies that have an average wage for H-1B visas between $60,000 and $65,000. By contrast, the median Silicon Valley software engineer’s wage is probably around $150,000. So it just illustrates the point that I was walking you through about how H-1B visas are awarded” answered the official on asking the reason behind only three companies being named,”He further added.
President Trump on April 18 signed an executive order directing federal agencies to review the H-1B visa to end fraud and abuse ensuring only most-skilled and highest-paid applicants were successfully processed. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister of India discussed concerns over this issue with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and US treasury Wilbur Mnuchin during his visit to the US for the annual spring meetings of the World Bank group.