US Imposes Fresh Curbs On H-1B Visa

The latest changes to the H-1B visa program introduced amid a tough US presidential election campaign are expected to directly affect technology companies, foreign workers, and employers who rely on these non-immigrant US visas. “IT services providers can expect delayed decision-making and…

Trump Takes Another Stab At H1B Little Realizing It May Cause More Harm Than Good

Last night the US administration sent yet another shock wave to the Indian IT by announcing changes to the H1B visa program again. Amongst the broader posture of clamping down aggressively on the number of visas issued, the Trump administration has…

TikTok’s Suitors: Among Microsoft, Walmart, Oracle, and Reliance, Who Makes The Best Match?

Just about a year back, when afaqs! did a cover story on TikTok, it seemed like the short video platform was nearing the end of its problems in India. It seemed like the major concern for the ByteDance-owned video juggernaut…

TikTok Deal With Oracle May Not Lead Easing Of Ban In India

The ‘technical partnership’ deal struck between US-based business software provider Oracle and ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, is unlikely to bring cheers to users of the mobile app in India as the Centre is reportedly in no mood…

The Big Race For TikTok In India: What’s In It For The Buyer?

In the US, TikTok might be on the last legs of negotiation to find itself an American buyer but the big race is on In India. While several names like Microsoft, Twitter,  Reliance Jio and now Oracle have come to…

Oracle Running TikTok In India Doesn’t Make Sense: Here’s Why

Earlier today, we published a research report on the possibilities and the likely outcomes if Oracle was to land TikTok. Since then, I've received many calls from friends in the media about the implication for TikTok's India business and whether or not…

Oracle Landing TikTok Means A Lot Of Things, But Definitely Not An Ad Network

Sunday night just got exciting, and how! Reports have confirmed that Oracle has won the bid for the U.S. operations of TikTok (a ByteDance company), leaving behind both Microsoft and Walmart from the race. It's being touted that this deal will not…

IT Companies Resort To Layoffs As Pressure Mounts Due To Covid Crisis

The information technology (IT) industry is laying off thousands of employees across the globe and in India, on grounds of non-performance, lack of projects and rightsizing surplus staff as pressure mounts on firms due to an uncertain business environment.  …

With Valuations At Historical Low, M&A Activity To Pick Up Pace In IT Industry

The hunt for the right acquisition in the IT industry is expected to pick up pace as valuations are down to a historical low, with the possible merger of mid-tier players Mindtree and L&T Infotech playing out earlier than expected. …

Trump’s Order Queers The Pitch For H-1B Workers

US President Donald Trump’s order restricting American federal agencies from hiring foreign workers, including those on the coveted H-1B visas, is likely to further squeeze Indian outsourcers as they work on many such projects either directly or as sub-contractors.  …

Companies Pivot To Digital Even As IT Budgets Are Under Pressure

As the proverbial light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel increasingly seems like a mirage, with every day bringing new challenges, IT budgets are under increasing pressure. But companies are also spending on initiatives that will help them recover quickly…

Some Relief For Indians As Trump Allows Certain Exemptions In H-1B, L-1 Ban

In what could be a respite for Indian IT professionals and those working in the healthcare sector in US, the Trump administration has announced certain exemptions in H-1B and L-1 travel ban for those continuing employment with the same employer.…

China Complaining About Its Apps Being Banned Is As Good As Irony Gets

On June 29, 2020, the Government of India announced a ban on 59 apps of Chinese origin. In the long list of apps, many applications are unheard of, and it includes famous applications called TikTok, CamScanner and a few others…

Indian IT Majors May Hire More Americans After Trump’s Tough Talk On Immigration

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Genpact flags Trump policies a risk

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Proposed Changes to H1B Visa Norms Is An Opportunity And Not A Threat

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Trump Govt Not To Change H-1B visa Rules: Time Indian IT Firms Looked At Changing Business Model

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Reskilling: Indian IT Sector Starts Massive Effort To Learn New Tricks

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If Only India’s IT Companies Could Focus On Real Transformation Instead Of Appeasing Trump

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Tech Mahindra Delays Appraisals For Senior Staff As Trump Heat Adds To Worries

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Trump Visa Crackdown Prods IT To Create US Jobs

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Realigning To New H1B Realities: Infosys Announces Hiring Plans For US

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IT Firms Find Ways To Counter Visa Curbs

The software industry is facing mounting challenges as countries from Australia to the United States have moved to tighten work visas to limit the influx of foreign workers. "The sense of protectionism is becoming a global phenomenon," said Mr Sanchit…

Irony Of H-1B Visa Policy: Jobs Trump Is Trying To Protect Are About To Vanish Altogether

American President Donald Trump’s policy to protect jobs by imposing restrictions on H-1B visas is unlikely to be of any help to that country and may hurt US interests, say experts. What Trump is seeking to protect are entry level…

H-1B, Singapore Protectionism: Calm Down, This Is No Do Or Die Battle, Indian IT Has Weathered Bigger Storms

With the latest missive from the Donald Trump administration on H-1B visa, cautioning companies against misuse, the immigration issues of the Indian IT sector are back in news. And it is not the US alone that is drumming up protectionism…

Trump Begins Clampdown On H-1B Visas

In a fresh blow to software professionals, the Trump administration has moved to bar entry-level programmers from the H-1B visa programme. “H-1B abuse is very high and it is important to check the abuse. All IT services players will adjust to…

Suspension On Expedited H-1B Visa To Affect IT Cos

US' decision to temporarily suspend the expedited premium processing of H-1B visas will lead to process delays for  IT firms too. Greyhound Research Chief Analyst and CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia said that while the change by the Trump Administration has…

IT Firms Breathe Easy As Donald Trump Proposes Merit-Based Immigration

US President Donald Trump’s proposal for immigration reforms to encourage merit-based migration might help export-focused software and information technology (IT) sector. “This goes to show Trump’s administration has realised how deep-rooted the matter is. It should not only look at…

H1B Visa: India Begins Dialogue With US Lawmakers

The Indian software services companies will breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian ministries, authorities and industry lobby had a dialogue with a visiting eight-member US delegation headed by Congressman Bob GoodLatte, on the ongoing concerns of H1-B visa…