;Growth is coming back to the Indian IT services industry,; he told PTI, talking about industry highlights in 2018 and prospects in the coming calendar year.Pai said 2018 saw "H1B visa situation getting tougher, " Indian companies focusing more on Japan and southeast Asia, massive expansion of captives and buy backs by big companies.
;It would be tremendously bad policy to tell highly skilled individuals who are applying for permanent residency and have been working in the US for several years that they are no longer welcome,; a US Chambers of Commerce spokesperson said. ;This policy would harm American business, our economy, and the country. Further, it is inconsistent with the goals of a more merit based immigration system,; the spokesperson said. He was responding to reports that the administration is discussing a move to curb extensions to H 1B visa holders who have completed their two three years of H 1B visa terms and have been receiving extensions because of their pending Green Card application status. Such a move would impact some 500,000 to 750,000 highly skilled Indian technology professionals, academicians and research scholars in the US and result in their moving back to India.Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hoped the administration "immediately rejects " the proposal. "I fully support efforts to reform the H 1B system, and while our priority must continue to be improving advanced training for our domestic workforce, ending H 1B visa extensions would kneecap our economy and encourage companies to further offshore jobs, instead of making those investments here. It would also tear families apart and hurt businesses here. I hope the administration immediately rejects this proposal, " he said. The US is currently facing a skills gap of over six million jobs, and companies are struggling to find talent to fill these open positions, Krishnamoorthi said. "Educators and employers need to be working together to ensure that we are developing the skills at home in America to fill the job openings domestically, both today and in the coming years. My bill to reauthorise career and technical education programmes would help to close this skills gap, and the Senate needs to take up this bill that passed the House unanimously last June, " he said.
During his election rallies, Trump had targeted IBM, which has a significant presence in India, for outsourcing jobs. Domestic IT firms TCS and HCL Technologies had also come under his attack.This has raised fears among Indian IT firms of possible reduction in H1B visa numbers going forward, which will impact their ability to send Indian IT engineers to foreign locations for serving a client.