PMO lends a hand to counter new US immigration law
New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office has stepped in to monitor plans of the Government and the IT industry to counter threats posed by the new US Immigration Bill to companies such as Wipro, Infosys and TCS.
The Bill, currently being debated in the US Senate Judiciary Committee, talks about imposing multiple restrictions on companies that employ a sizeable number of foreigners. It has been introduced by a group of eight Senators — four each from the Democrat and Republican parties — which increases its chances of getting through.
“The PMO recently called a meeting with officials from the Commerce Department and representatives from industry body Nasscom to discuss how the country would deal with the issue. The matter is being taken up at the political, official as well as industry level,” a Government official told Business Line.
India is unhappy with the Immigration Bill because while it creates more H-1B and L-1 visas (both are work visas), it introduces restrictions on workers and wages. This would make things harder for IT companies that employ a sizeable number of Indian employees in their US operations.