L1 visa holders in Indian IT companies to be scrutinized

Posted on: 31 Mar 2017  |   Tags: ,


In the latest announcement the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has confirmed the plan for scrutiny on foreign workers who are residing in the country on the basis of L1 visas. According to what he said in the election campaign speech, Mr. Donald Trump again said that he will make it harder for the companies who are now hiring workers from foreign countries.

As per the latest announcement USA based Indian IT companies now have to face several USCIS visits in a frequent manner. The total number of L1A and L1B visa applications filled by different Indian IT companies has exceeded the total number filled by all other countries. Indian IT companies are forced to fill L1A visa applications as they can’t bring employees under E1 Treaty Trader visa and E2 Treaty Investor visa.

According to the latest USCIS data report, Indian IT firms like Wipro, IBM India, Satyam, HCL, and Infosys have filled almost huge numbers of applications for L1 visas in the last 10 years and the number is 66,119. Apart from these IT firms, Tata Consultancy Services and Cognizant alone has filled 25,908 and 19,719 L1 visas respectively.

The USCIS latest data record also showed that India is the country which gets maximum benefits from the H1B visa scheme. USCIS also said that new application window for H1B visa application will open on 1st April 2017 and it is quite expected that the application number will reach the peak of 65,000 within a week. USCIS officials also confirmed that it has a plan to investigate foreign workers having L1 visas in the near future not only that, it will also keep investigations going on over the HIB visa applicants. This announcement has now become a potential threat for the USA based Indian IT companies who transfer a lot of Indian people in the USA regarding in order to conclude several projects work.

Apart from the announcement of having a future examination on the L1 visa holders, USCIS also confirmed that US immigration charges for the L1 visa will also increase in order to create difficulties in the way obtaining a visa for the foreign people.  Media reports suggest that the Indian IT companies are already feeling the heat of the anti-immigration situation in the USA. The Department of justice also abused Infosys recently and made it pay $34 billion as a penalty for abusing American workers. According to an estimate, the announcement on the L1 visa will force some US based outsourcing companies to leave the country as it will become very difficult for them to employ foreign workers on L1 visas.


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