Bengaluru: All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of communications Randeep Singh Surjewala has criticized Narendra Modi government for wallowing on its job policy and said India’s growth story on the global stage as a tech power was under a cloud.
“Clamping down on H-4, H-1B and L1 visas by the US would force many Bengaluru-based professionals in information technology to return to India,” Surjewala said.
He said the Indian professionals, who get 60 per cent of all H-1B visas were the worst hit and about 7.5 lakh employees might consequently get deported after losing H-1B status.
He said that under the newly approved H-1B visa, jobs for six top Indian IT companies — TCS, Infosys, HCL, L&T, Tech Mahidra, Mindtree — have gone down to 40 per cent from 68 per cent.
On April 4, 2018, US Citizen & Immigration Services decided to remove H-4 work permits for dependent spouses of the immigrants.
“Debilitating effect of this decision can be gauged from the fact that between October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 a total of 1.70 lakh H-4 visas were given to Indian spouses. “This will lead to forcible return of software professionals for want of survival on single income in US,” the Congress leader claimed.