Visa suspension likely to cause minimal disruption for Indian IT firms

Recessionary environment, travel restriction to minimise the impact to a large extent

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Even dependence of Indian technology firms on the non-immigrant visas have come down drastically over the years as most firms have local hires to execute projects in the US. Photo: Shutterstock

Debasis Mohapatra Bengaluru
The US decision to suspend the non-immigrant visas till the end of this year is unlikely to affect Indian IT services companies in the near term, though the industry is awaiting several clarifications on the issue.

According to industry watchers, a tepid demand environment owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions have made the outcome of this decision less adverse than in normal times.

“The short-term impact will not be much as even employees are not keen to go the US given the global pandemic. However, it adds to the uncertainty in the non-immigrant visa regime by setting up such precedent,” said Pareekh Jain, an IT outsourcing advisor and founder of Pareekh Consulting.

First Published: Jun 23 2020 | 8:24 PM IST

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