Wipro’s Premji concerned about US immigration reform bill
Premji said some of the clauses in the immigration bill may impact Indian software companies, which send thousands of employees to the US every year on H-1B and L1 work visas.
Premji, the 67-year-old chairman of Wipro Ltd, said some of the clauses in the immigration bill may impact Indian software companies, which send thousands of employees to the US every year on H-1B and L1 work visas.
“The immigration bill is a 700 page document and we are looking at it for implications on visas. The implications in our assessments are one or two clauses which will see active lobbying in the House of Representatives to see that things are made more practical,” Premji said.
The bill, which is being promoted by a bipartisan group of senators called the Gang of Eight, intends to overhaul the US immigration laws by giving citizenship to over 11 million illegal and undocumented immigrants. It also says if an employer has more than 50 employees or more than 50% of their employees on H-1B or L-1 visas, it must pay a $10,000 fee per additional worker. In turn, the bill encourages US-based technology firms such as Google, Intel and Facebook to bring more high-skilled foreign talent to the country.
Premji said the some of the visa-related clauses in the bill needs to be made more practical as it impacts American companies just as much it impacts Indian companies. “Good thing is that it is only going to be operative next year so there is enough time between now and the implementation of the immigration bill to ensure that some of the conditions are made a little more practical.”
When asked on the other implications of the bill, Premji said procedural delays could impact Indian IT firms.