Is it the beginning of a new era – not very favorable for Indians – that will change the economic and academic trajectory of India? Or is it the time to start bracing ourselves for a new relationship – not certainly beneficial – with the world? We are about to find out!
The question that it raises today is: Will Indian students and job seekers be welcomed in the US as they were before? As critical as the question is, no one has a satisfactory answer as many believe that it will change the entire academic and corporate demography in the US, adversely affecting the Indian students.
The scoop is Donald Trump has sounded death knell to the H-1B Visas by proposing to raise the minimum wage for this work visa for indian technology professionals. Ever since the beginning of the US Presidential Election Campaigns, Trump has fiercely pitched for some of the most controversial issues including revising the immigration policy. Probably he has released this policy to hire american citizen over immigrants. With the promise to bring back the jobs lost due to outsourcing, Trump has successfully garnered the support of the working-class whites, so much that it led him to his victory.
Due to lack of required IT skills among the US professionals, various Indian companies with offices in US used to hire either Indian students graduating from US universities of students in India to work offshore on H-1B visas.
Trump’s campaign revolved around the idea of bringing the outsourced jobs back to the US students. With outrageous statements like, “They are taking our jobs. It is not going to happen anymore, folks”, Trump promised to bring reforms in the H-1B visas policy. If executed, it will put the Indian IT sector in a vulnerable position as 60% of its $100 billion-plus revenue comes from the US.
Not only will it affect the employability of US-based Indian students but will also have an adverse impact on the IT recruitments in India. However, US is most likely to keep in mind the large contributions made by the Indian IT Industry to them through taxes. In order to keep the nation growing, Trump will have to maintain participation with growing economies like India.
Talking about the academic tie-ups between the two nations which are likely to increase, providing more opportunities at US Schools to a larger pool of international students.
It might be get difficult for Indians working there in US. He may not send every Indian back home, but one of Trump’s key motive is to give Americans their job in their country and not give Indians and Chinese those jobs, because of which Americans stay unemployed. So less job security and almost very low scope in future.
And again, H1B visa is going to take a hit, along with green card prospective. Students planning to do MS in US should seriously reconsider.
Irrespective of what the future has in store for the Indian students, US Poll results have left us all wondering what Trump has in mind regarding the immigration policies.