With the US Presidential elections less than a month away, the Trump administration has further tightened H-1B rules that would make it tougher for Indian techies to get jobs in American companies. The new rules change the definitions of specialty occupation, limit the validity of an H-1B visa to one year for a worker placed at a third-party worksite, and tightens enforcement and investigations.
Though these measures will have no major impact on Indian IT services companies, which have changed their business models to hire locally, American tech companies may be forced to reduce hiring from foreign countries, including India and China, by about 30 per cent.
The new rule will narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” as the US Congress is of the view that companies were gaming the system. H-1B visas are used by US companies to bring highly skilled workers from India as they find it difficult