June 13, 2017

What is happening to Indians in western countries?

US President Donald Trump’s victory has drawn divided support all over the world. Upon becoming one of the world’s most powerful leaders, President Trump and his relentless attacks on immigrants have turned fears of professionals from all over the world into reality. His agenda of making America great again has caused turmoil between the United States and foreign nations, particularly on economic aspects. His decisions which are geared toward achieving his platform have prompted intertwining issues involving different minorities.

Buy American, Hire American

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The  “Buy American, Hire American” campaign of the US President is being implemented and has made a significant hit to Indian information technology practitioners. The implementation of H1B visa which favors more highly skilled applicants has caused some commotion in entire tech companies, particularly those which hire Indians and other foreign workers.

It seems that the Trump administration is showing anti-globalization and protectionist actions in favor of the American nation. With the curb on the said visa, it now restricts the number of Indian IT workers in the US.  India’s top tech companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, and Wipro will probably be disturbed with the visa reform. This affects thousands of Indians are likely to return or stay in India following this pressing issue.

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Infosys, for instance, is taking efforts towards hiring more American workers over the next two years. It also announced that their first US-based technology hub will open in Indiana. The company is exerting efforts to transform itself despite the human resource challenges. It will focus design and innovation through enhancing employee capabilities.

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The effect of the visa reform will not just affect the IT engineers, but the entire Indian IT sector. It also hits the profitability of outsourcing firms.  But knowing Indian workers, they can easily find greener pastures on the other side of the world where they are graciously welcome, like the UAE.