Strong dislike for Indian workers in US and the rest of the world – A Brief Analysis
The H-1B visas fuelled the growth of India’s information technology companies over more than a decade which was granted to highly skilled professionals to work in the US, Increasingly, the world wants to shut the door on Indian professionals, especially the tech workers, who want to work in foreign countries. From today, the US has tightened the process to award H1-B visas. The Donald Trump administration recently announced a new measure, making the approval of H-1B visa tougher. Any company will have to make one more clarification to prove that its H-1B employee at a third-party worksite has specific and non-qualifying speculative assignments in a speciality occupation.
With an unprecedented scrutiny and zero tolerance for even minor errors, henceforth the visas will be considered as a gem. In addition to this, all visa applicants will be subjected to extreme social-media vetting.
Decimating Immigrant’s Privileges
A temporary suspension of premium processing for the H-1B visas was announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier in March. As the globalization project shrivels due to protectionist tendencies emerging across the world in developed economies, the future abroad for highly skilled Indians is likely to turn bleak.
Yet another factor to consider is that the US is not the only country averse to Indian tech workers because the UK too had revised its immigration laws. In November 2016, the UK announced its new visa rules which set a higher salary threshold for anyone applying under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category under which Indian tech companies take their workers to the UK. The anxieties over highly skilled foreign workers express in a variety of ways. Last month, a group of highly skilled Migrants, which represents nearly 1,000 doctors, IT professionals and teachers from countries outside the European Union (EU), protested against UK Home Office delays and unjustified refusals related to their applications for indefinite leave to remain in Britain.
Indian students once flocked to the UK but now the number has been going down due to concerns over Brexit and protectionist policies. The country fell a whopping 44% in the last five years based on a calculated statistics for international students from the UK Council. Despite the blip of a 10% increase in visas to Indian students in the year ending September 2017 from a year ago, the declining numbers are still causing concern. The political uncertainty regarding Brexit bolsters the sentiment. Stringent laws have been imposed on the Indian students since 2011 restricting their extensive approach to overseas studies.
Indian tech companies are the new textile mills of Manchester and Lancashire, churning out cheap services with which the local IT services industry in the US cannot compete. While the English mills had a free run in absence of any tariff barriers in India, Indian tech companies face growing restrictions