load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);COMMENTS / INSIDERS EYEPotential US visa changes under Trump presidency could be ugly for Indian IT firmsBy Global TimesPublished: Nov 24, 2016 09:43 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);Things could get ugly for Indian IT firms in the new world order. US President-elect Donald Trump says he will investigate all abuses of visas for skilled foreign workers. His chosen attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is a fierce of critic too. That suggests the pre-election rhetoric on the issue could become reality. Indias outsourcers are uniquely exposed to any immigration backlash. Indians won 72 percent of H-1B visas handed out by the US in 2014. Analysts at Kotak reckon that Indian information technology firms get up to 62 percent of revenues from North America and as much as 80 percent of US-based workers for these firms rely on the visas. IT services are also a top Indian export, with North America accounting for 60 percent of the total $82 billion last year. Politicians are constantly tweaking the visa rules. Fees doubled last year. More draconian proposals that have failed to pass before could now get through. These could include a dramatic reduction in the current H-1B quota of 85,000 entrants a year, minimum wage requirements, and limiting visas to individuals with over 10 years experience or to companies who employ at least a certain number of locals.The timing is rotten. Indias top IT firms are already struggling to generate top-line growth. Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka admits profits may get squeezed under a Trump presidency. The 25 percent-plus operating margins it, and giants like Tata Consultancy Services, boast are well ahead of faster-growing US rivals and provide room to adapt, potentially by employing more Americans. So too do healthy cash reserves. If needed, these could be spent on acquisitions that would also boost US headcount. A bigger worry is that the US could go further and, in the prevailing spirit of protectionism, prioritize allocating visas to American companies. That would be a disaster for their Indian counterparts. Investors can hope for a level playing field, but they might not want to stick around to find out just how much pain Indias IT firms will be forced to endure.The author is Una Galani, a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The article was first published on Reuters Breakingviews. bizopinion@globaltimes.com.cnload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1020063;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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