Indian IT Industry Should Have Prepared for H1B Changes: BJP Foreign Affairs In-Charge
Washington: The BJP Foreign Affairs In-Charge Vijay Chauthiawale, who accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his trip to the US, said that Indian IT companies should have been prepared for the restrictions on the H1B visas a long time ago.
Chauthiawale participated in a program on Sunday, June 25, organized by Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies or FIIDS in Northern Virginia on the topic “Indo American Relations Under Trump and Modi Doctrine.”
The organization held the conference on the eve of the arrival of Narendra Modi at the US. Modi is scheduled to meet with American President Donald Trump on June 26 afternoon and the expectation among Indian IT companies and Indian diaspora in the US is that Modi would bring up the topic of H1B visa restrictions in his meeting with Trump.
When asked if Modi would bring up the issue, Chautiawale said that at present though there was only talk about the changes on H1B visa, but there was nothing on the ground.
With Trump or without Trump, these restrictions are to come, and Indian IT companies should have been prepared for this much longer. Unfortunately, it did not happen, he said.
“Even if it has a great impact in the short term, Indians have the agility and ability to overcome, and I don’t think there will be an impact in the long term,” he said.
Sadanand Dhume, defense policy scholar at American Enterprise Institute, answering to the same question said that immigration is one of the most politically-charged issues for any democracy, and any other country wouldn’t be in a position to question on this matter.
“I think there would be changes to the H1B visa program, but the changes are not going to be vast and the Indian industry would find ways to adapt and come out of this,” he said.