The Indian tech industry has welcomed the US President Joseph Biden’s stand on immigration and H-1B visa.
“President Biden has pledged a new approach on Trade and Immigration, as well as a renewed and revitalised interest in science and technology. We appreciate President Biden’s commitment to review and make necessary changes to harmful regulatory policies put in place by the previous administration,” said National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) in a statement on Thursday.
The previous Donlad Trump administration had placed several curbs and made unfavourable changes to the H-1B visa rules, that is most commonly used by Indian software engineers to travel to the US for work.
Dexpite many representations from various quarters, the Trump administration had brought in harsh rules such as requiring selection of H-1B workers based upon highest salary, paying foreign workers significantly higher wages, redefined the employer-employee relationships and so on.
In a memo on Wednesday, the Biden administration either withdrew or froze some of these provisions.
“A modern US immigration system drives innovation,” said Jason Oxman, Information Technology Industry (ITI) President and CEO.