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India not abusing H1B visas: NASSCOM

May 30, 2007 08:16 PM IST India India

New Delhi: NASSCOM, the body that represents Indian software companies, has once again refuted claims made by some US senators that Indian IT companies are abusing H1B visas. It says that layoff of IT workers in America and the H1B visa quota are not related and has offered to meet and discuss issue with US senators. H1B visas have nothing to do with US job losses and wants to speak to US senators. The Software Industry body has written to Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin regarding the issue. It says that any move by the US government to prohibit companies from hiring H1B visa holders will amount to protectionism. “H1B visa is not limited to the IT sector or Indians alone and any move to prohibit companies from hiring H1B visa holders is "protectionist",” says NASSCOM.