On Jun. 4, 2017 Muqbil Ahmar, Senior Editor and Technology Evangelist at Confidential reported “H1B visa reforms by Trump to blame? Jobs shift to USA as MNCs focus on local hires” about Infosys hiring 10,000 American citizens over the next two years. Other companies in India are laying off employees like Tech Mahindra, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and even IBM.
Meanwhile The Economic Times reported “US issues clarification on higher education H-1B exemption criteria.” The US Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) can issue up to 65,000 H-1B visas a year. Until now, another 20,000 foreign students having masters or higher degree from a US institute of higher education are exempted. Leena R Kamat petitioned to employ an H-1B applicant who had earned his degree from the International Technological University (ITU), in California before the university obtained its pre-accreditation or accreditation status. “In April, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop “visa abuses”.
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