US visa woes: More Indians looking to return home

20 Apr 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa

The number of Indians living in the US looking for a job in India has increased since Donald Trump became president.

There's been a 10-fold increase in the number of US-based Indians seeking jobs in India from December to March, an analysis by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Pvt. Ltd has revealed.

This comes amid tightening visa restrictions by the Trump administration.

In context: Trump's visa restrictions pushes Indians homewards

31 Jan 2017H-1B visa reform bill introduced in US: The Trump effect

The US House of Representatives introduced a legislation decreeing that the "minimum salary of H-1B visa holders be doubled to $130,000."

The legislation proposes a market-based resolution that gives preference to companies "willing to pay the most".

This assures American employers have way to the skill they require while eliminating grounds for companies to undermine American salaries and outsource jobs.

19 Apr 2017H-1B visas: Trump signs new 'Buy American, Hire American' order

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing a review of the H-1B visa scheme.

Calling it the first step towards ending visa abuses, Trump sought replacing the current lottery-based visa issuance system with a merit-based one.

Under the 'Buy American, Hire American' rules, American projects will also have to use American products.

Reforms will be suggested for proper implementation of the scheme.

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20 Apr 2017US visa woes: More Indians looking to return home

Companies could face talent shortage, pay local workers more salaries

Tightened visa restrictions, especially for the H-1B temporary work visas, would make US-based companies to rely more on American workers. Companies could face a shortage of American talent. Also, they will need to pay American employees higher wages compared to an H-1B visa holders.

21 Apr 2017H-1B visa: Jaitley 'strongly raises' issue with US officials

At the first cabinet-level meeting between India and US under the Donald Trump administration, Indian Finance Minster Arun Jaitley "strongly raised" the H-1B visa issue with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

He highlighted the contribution of Indian professionals to the American economy, and said it should continue for mutual bilateral benefits.

22 Apr 2017H-1B visa holders hopeful of changes in green card issuance

After US President Donald Trump ordered a review of the H-1B scheme, urging a merit-based system instead of the current lottery-based, H-1B holders are hopeful it might lead to merit-based issuance of green cards too.

Many say H-1B visas make them feel like "indentured servants".

1.5mn H-1B visa holders are currently awaiting green cards; sometimes they have to wait for over 10 years.