By: M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : : The Trump administration's move to make it more difficult for computer programmers to use the H-1B visa is an opportunity for India to send its more talented professionals on these visas. Indian IT firms are the biggest users of H-1B, a nonimmigrant visa that allows them to move employees to the US for long periods to work on customer projects.On March 31, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new memorandum that would require companies applying for H-1B visas for computer programming positions to submit additional evidence showing that the jobs are complex or specialized and require professional degrees. "Actually Trump might be a blessing in disguise for India - it will force Indian talent to focus on solving problems in India,” said Reliance Industries Ltd. Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the NASSCOM Leadership Forum, referring to Indian information technology companies' fears that Trump's policies may result in fewer U.S. visas for their engineers.Trump can be trumped after all he is a businessman and his decision can be taken as blessing in disguise . Indian IT companies have visa independent global delivery model where it reduced the total effort onsite (at the client location) in a project from about 30% on an average to just 10%. "Andthis 10% will be delivered by local hires. Indian IT is also likely to find significant support among its US customers. The Indian software industry, has largely been responsible for building as well as maintaining the information infrastructure of most large US corporations. It plays a very critical role in the success of US corporations,that tampering with it wouldn't be easy.IT companies conducted several pilots and all of them were very successful,"The global downturn and "Buy American and hire American” theory has brought along with it new opportunities. It is for the industry to identify the opportunities and move ahead," Indian IT companies can hire American and sell American and make killing profits in America as American IT companies hire Indian and sell Indian and make killing profits in India . "Make in India American products” "The Indian industry will continue to do well if they learn that there are no easy pickings any longer." And that's true of all companies, irrespective of their size..The US was teaching all countries Globalization and now suddenly talking localization "Buy American and hire American”. Investors from around the world, including in the City of London, will be listening carefully for how America'sDonald Trump is set to sign an executive order to overhaul the H-1B & L-1 visa programmes, which let tens of thousands of Indians work in the US, drove tech stocks down and sparked speculation in the IT sector about an uncertain future. Indian business experts predict that Indian IT companies can outsmart any trade barriers created byDonald Trump as they are listening this since the days of his election campaign.India need to remember late Dewang Mehta, the chief lobbyist for India's fledgling software services industry, carried off both with aplomb, convincing businesses that at the stroke of midnight of the new millennium, their computer systems would crash because old programs measured years in two digits instead of four. The solution, he persuaded them, was to let a horde of techies from Bangalore and Hyderabad go through each line of code and fix the Y2K bug.
The Trump administration is expanding the scope of its immigration squeeze by targeting the foreign guest worker visa programme amid a furore in multinational corporations and a mutinous ferment in US government circles and this was expected .Point to be noted is Indian IT companies have matured such situations in the past many times and have bravely faced the slowdown of economies in the US . Globally engaged America is reportedly still coming to grips with the Trump decree staunching refugees and travel from se ven Muslim nations when it was revealed that a new presidential order, aimed at overhauling the guest worker programme that includes the H-1B visas, is in the works.Reportedly Technology companies, primarily in the US and India, have long used the visas to bring skilled foreign talent to America, in effect providing a route for Indian students and professionals to emigrate to the US."It's part of a larger immigration reform effort that the president Trump will continue to talk about through executive order and through working with Congress," Reportely the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said recently , virtually confirming that the nearly-two-decade visa regime over three administrations, which has effectively facilitated the immigration of more than 500,000 Indians to the US since 1990, will now change.Over 60% of Indian IT revenues comes from the US. Five top Indian IT companies lost Rs 33,000 crore in market cap in a single day on Tuesday following uncertainty about the new environment in the US.Ahead of the expected executive order, lawmakers have introduced legislation mandating an increase in the minimum salary for H-1B visa guest workers to $130,000 (from the current $60,000) in an effort to shut down low-cost arbitrage that both US and Indi an companies have used to improve their bottom line, but which critics say has depressed wages and come at the expense of American workers.The flurry of presidential decrees on travel and immigration has unnerved corporate leaders, including Silicon Valley honchos.The heads of corporations as diverse as Goldman Sachs, Ford Motor Company and Google dissented from Trump on the issue. Reportedly India had conveyedits concerns to US.India has conveyed its reservations over the move to overhaul H-1B visas. "India's interests and concerns have been conveyed both to the US administration and US Congress at senior levels," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.