If this bill becomes a law, it can cause large-scale deportation of H-1B visa holders. An estimated 500,000-750,000 Indian H-1B visa holders will be impacted.
"That formulation has conditions which are extremely onerous and makes it very difficult for people to not just get the visa but also on how they can be used," said R Chandrashekhar
, President, National
Association for Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).
Furthermore, the US government is said to be considering a regulation that ends the current indefinite stay granted to those H1-B visa holders whose green card applications are pending.
Chandrashekhar also pointed out that the use of visas by Indian IT firms has fallen by 50 per cent in the last two years and that the number now stands below 10,000.
"It is below 10,000, which is a minuscule fraction of 85,000 visas (H-1B visas) issued every year... how such onerous restrictions on 12-15 per cent of the visas that are being issued protect American workers, certainly defies logic," he added.
The proposed changes in US policy would have a dramatic effect, particularly on Indian visa holders considering more than half of all H-1B visas have been awarded to Indian nationals, according to a Pew Research Center