‘US may Lose Competitive Edge due to H-1B Clampdown’
Washington: Clampdown on H-1B visa programme will make it difficult for the US IT sector to attract open talent from countries like India, and America might lose its competitive edge, a top American think tank has said. As the Trump administration is carrying out a review of the nonimmigrant visas, the Center for Global Development (CGD) in a report said that H-1B visa, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals, is beneficial for both India and the US.
“It is really important to make sure that the IT sectors from both countries are allowed to attract the right kind of people, because they really allow for innovation and growth in both the countries,” Gaurav Khanna, fellow at the CGD and co-author of the research paper, said.
The report titled ‘The IT Boom and Other Unintended Consequences o f Ch a s i n g the American Dream’ takes an in-depth lo ok at how t he H-1 B v i s a p r o - gramme affects both the US and Indian economies. “Both the economies have really benefited from the H-1B programme,” he told PTI.
“What our paper is really trying to stress, is that on average the US is better off because of the H-1B programme. So clamping down on the H-1B programme will basically not allow the US IT sector to attract the open talent from places like India. The US might then lose its competitive edge in IT production,” he warned, adding that IT companies might move to countries like Canada in the event of large-scale clampdown on H-1B visas. Khanna said the research has shown that India has been a beneficiary of brain gain, rather than brain drain due to the visa programme.
“If you think about what happens in India, you know the prospect of migrating to the US and earning such a high wage ...it seemed they really encouraged certain students and workers to acquire skills that would be valued by the H-1B programme,” he said.
IT companies might move to countries like Canada in the event of large-scale clampdown on H-1B visas