NASSCOM denies Jack B Palmer’s charges of poor skills of H-1B Visa holders 

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.

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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.

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  • jakeleone

    What Schmidt is saying is simply not true.

    Most of the Random Access H-1b visas are used by Offshore Outsourcing companies, to destroy jobs in the United States.

    The Offshore Outsourcing companies stuff in a excess number of request, shutting out our domestic technology originating companies and at the same time creating a monopoly on cheap IT labor in the United States.

    The same with any other government created monopoly, example illegal drugs.

    The Offshore Outsourcing companies don’t care about the lottery, because for them if H-1b candidate A or B doesn’t make it in, C will do just as well. Because H-1b visas are used to only bring in trainees anyway.

    Instead of asking for an H-1b visa expansion, if Eric Schmidt really cared about the United States he would be saying:

    – Let’s get rid of the H-1b system and replace it with the Green Card system, expanded as necessary by companies that must attest, under penalty of perjury that they are not displacing American workers.

    This would make more workers available to legitimate businesses in the United States.

    And h-1b displacement happens only at the stable companies, that enjoy immense profits. Simply because the CEO can’t come up with any other way to increase profits except to get a ready made solution from an Offshore Outsourcing company, which in turn is parasitizing a Federal Government program.

    Clearly the dead wood is at the top of Southern California Edison. And SCE is just the tip, of the tip, of the iceberg in terms of the immense job destruction that H-1b has wrought upon the IT and STEM job market United States.

    Eric Schmidt doesn’t want a free market for labor in the United States, and his Emails to Steve Jobs clearly show this. He wants a government provided monopoly of indentured servants, that’s what H-1b provides, that’s why the job destroying Offshore Outsourcing companies love it so.