New H1-B Bill: Despite Vishal Sikka’s Hopes On Trump, Indian IT Margins May Take A Hit

The Donald Trump administration which will take charge on 20 January in the US has announced that it will push for legislative measures to curb misuse of H1-B and L1 work visas significantly used by Indian IT professionals.

The US is highly dependent on Indian IT companies and it is wishful thinking for the US to alter drastically the functioning of Indian IT firms. However, that is not to say that no Indian IT firms will be impacted. Within the sector, those that require less specialised skills like the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) units and call centre jobs can be affected. However, the high point is that better-skilled jobs including coding and maintenance are likely to remain unaffected given their scarce availability and exclusivity, a paper by Greyhound Research’s Sanchit Vir Gogia and Anshoo Nandwaani reveals.

Most US-based companies including many Fortune 500 firms are deeply invested and dependent on Indian IT service providers and neither they nor the Trump administration is in a position to make drastic changes, says the Greyhound report.

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