The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has termed the statement of Jack B Palmer on H-1B visa workers as untrue.
Jack B Palmer said Indian H-1B Visa holders have minimal skills and little business knowledge. NASSCOM is apprehensive about the statement because the US is world’s largest IT market in the world. US is the largest geographic market for India, accounting 62 percent of the total software industry exports. Top software exporters from India include TCS, Wipro, Infosys, HCL Technologies, etc.
NASSCOM says highly trained employees of the Indian companies are working in the US.
“H-1B workers are highly qualified, skilled workers and have been providing vital services over the years. The US government has also recognized the innovation and competitiveness the H1-B workers have spurred in thousands of U.S. businesses and the investments these global IT services companies make in their economy,” said R Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM.
NASSCOM said Indian companies and their employees working in the US are committed to the US marketplace and are important contributors in their local communities as well as the country as a whole.
Indian IT-ITeS employees onsite are both educated and skilled and are subjected to laws that govern that particular visa category. NASSCOM will to work with different stakeholders in India and the US to address this issue and ensure that Indian companies and their employees continue to deliver the best of the technologies and technological advancements to the US.
The recently released US labour statistics highlighted that there was a need for the skills that Indian professionals possess and that the unemployment rate in this sector is around 3 percent. In labor market, Indian employees fill a critical need — particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
By leveraging Indian talent, US companies and American economy would be positively impacted by filling shortages and keep their competitive edge in global marketplace.