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US adopts rules to 'prevent H-1B visa fraud by Indian IT'

This after complaints of outrageous abuse by Indian firms.

News18test sharma |

Updated:May 8, 2009, 9:05 AM IST
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US adopts rules to 'prevent H-1B visa fraud by Indian IT'
This after complaints of outrageous abuse by Indian firms.

New Delhi: The United States has adopted fraud prevention tactics to prevent misuse of the H-1B visa programmes for highly skilled professionals, after complaints of outrageous abuse by Indian firms, according to a top US official.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security Secretary, new fraud prevention techniques will be used now.

The top most priority of the Obama administration is to provide jobs to the Americans but of late the senator has accused many Indian companies have been accused of misusing this visa system and profiting from it.

The H-1B work visas are for highly skilled professionals and have been most beneficial for IT sector professionals from India.

The US move is likely to hit the Indian IT industry.

On April 23, the US Senate proposed H1B visa legislation, much to the dismay of India’s IT sector.

The country’s third largest software exporter Wipro said the proposal is an antithesis to globalisation and is a restrictive trade practice.

The apex software body Nasscom said though the stated objective of the Bill is to prevent fraud and visa abuse, several of the provisions of this bill are against the principles of free trade and are creating trade barriers.

"In many ways, it is targets Indian companies and restricts their ability to compete in the US marketplace. This is also against President Obama's stand against protectionism at the G20 summit," Nasscom President Som Mittal said.

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