India Files H1B Visa Complaint Against US to WTO Amid Falling Exports

RiazHaq

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India has recently complained to the World Trade Organization against the United States over changes to visas for skilled workers that Republican presidential candidates have targeted for elimination, according to a report in the UK's Financial Times.

The WTO revealed that India had requested consultations with the US over moves by Washington to raise fees for L1 and H1B working visas and also restrictions on the number of those visas awarded. The move is the first step in initiating a dispute at the WTO.

India's WTO complaint:

India's WTO complaint is over an increase in fees on H1B visas that the US imposed on companies with workforces comprised of more than 50 percent foreign workers. A provision included in last year's federal spending bill added a new $4,000 fee for each H1B, which India argues is discriminatory to the country under its trade agreement with the US.

Meanwhile, the annual gold rush in Silicon Valley to file applications for H1B visas has just begun, as the federal government began distributing some of the 85,000 H1B visas it is authorized to issue this fiscal year, according to Vice News.

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Indian Body Shops Infosys, TCS and Wipro Topped H1B Sponsor List in 2013


Why the Complaint?

Why is India complaining? There are two main reasons:

1. India's overall exports have suffered 18th consecutive monthly decline in February 2016, according to India's Economic Times. Exports from India amounted to US$264 billion in 2015, down -12.4% since 2011 and down -16.9% from 2014 to 2015.

2. Most of India's IT exports to the United States are made up of wages of H1B workers brought to the United States by a a handful of Indian body shops like Tata Consulting Services (TCS) and Infosys. In 2014, 86% of the H1B visas for tech workers were granted to Indians, according to available data. Given India's heavy reliance on H1B workers for its IT exports earnings, it is natural that the Indian government gets very concerned whenever there's even a hint of the US possibly limiting H1B visas or making them more expensive.


Excluding the Indian H1B workers' pay, such exports drop to about one-twentieth of the the amount reported by the Indian government as IT exports, according to a 2005 study by US General Accounting Office (GAO).

Indian Body Shops:

The Indian body shops like Cognizant, TCS and Infosys that rely on the H1B visa program in the US are "the shining star" of the Indian economy, and the country's largest export, according to an Indian-American professor Ron Hira who is a strong critic of the abuses of H1B program. By complaining, the Indian government and firms that rely on the program are trying to "build up a firewall so that no other reforms can come through and constrain the program in any way."

Indian Code Coolies:

H1B workers brought in by Indian body shops are described variously as "code coolies"or "wage slaves". Some call them "indentured servants, like the ones from India who replaced slave labor after the British empire abolished slavery.

“’Indentured servants’ is a pretty accurate term because in many cases that’s exactly what’s going on,” said Phillip Griego of San Jose’s Phillip J. Griego and Associates. Over the years, Griego and his law partner, Robert Nuddleman have represented several H-1B workers in lawsuits against body shops.

Summary:

India has complained to the World Trade Organization about changes to the US H1B that mainly benefit India's body shops like Cognizant, Infosys and Tata at the expense of both US and Indian workers. US workers lose their jobs while Indian workers are exploited as wage slaves. India uses the wages of Indian H1B workers to inflate its IT export earning by as much as 20X. Proposed changes to H1B visa program like higher fees and lower numbers threaten India's export earning which have declined for 18 months in a row. The ongoing election debate over whether the H1B program is hurting American workers rose to public consciousness amid the Republican primary debates this year. The election outcome has the potential to negatively impact Indian H1B exports earnings.

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خداداد

Senator (1k+ posts)
This is ironic that our neighbouring country takes matters of national interest so seriously that they foresee even minute dangers to their economy and layout a survival plan well ahead, while our policy makers always beat the "Lakeer". No matter how discriminating that could be for US and Indian workers, the fact of the matter is that its not illegal.

As far as wage slavery of Indians is concerned, its everywhere in the world. Indians take foreign visa as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity and go to any extent that requires them to stay and survive in a foreign country. No matter how low their income might be, they adjust at the expense of thier living standard.

I often describe this south asian working class's survivability in a foreign country as "Pakistanis sacrifice a signicant portion of their lives for their children and Indians sacrifice their entire lives and a signifact portion of their children's life for their grand children". (The majority of them)
 
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Okara

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Even Pakistani rulers take things very serious to their own countries. The countries such as England, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, India, USA etc. The day we have rulers of Pakistan will be very serious about Pakistan issues.
 

RAW AGENT

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
mulla ji duble kun ? shahar ke andeshe par .:biggthumpup:


riaz sahab dukhi hai american public ke liye .........ha ha ha [hilar][hilar][hilar]


... india dushmani apne inteha pasandi intehai uruj par . [hilar][hilar][hilar]

wah re pakistani fitrat ,america jakar bhi na badal sake .

tumhara yahi frustrated tarjia chalu rahega .....(bigsmile)
 

RAW AGENT

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
This is ironic that our neighbouring country takes matters of national interest so seriously that they foresee even minute dangers to their economy and layout a survival plan well ahead, while our policy makers always beat the "Lakeer". No matter how discriminating that could be for US and Indian workers, the fact of the matter is that its not illegal.

As far as wage slavery of Indians is concerned, its everywhere in the world. Indians take foreign visa as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity and go to any extent that requires them to stay and survive in a foreign country. No matter how low their income might be, they adjust at the expense of thier living standard.

I often describe this south asian working class's survivability in a foreign country as "Pakistanis sacrifice a signicant portion of their lives for their children and Indians sacrifice their entire lives and a signifact portion of their children's life for their grand children". (The majority of them)

south asians working for their children
this is called family system , elders of hind o pak dream to breath last among surrounded by family and grand children. that is why they earn even in bad condition and labour hard to earn livelihood for children. this is sacrifice .
 

خداداد

Senator (1k+ posts)
south asians working for their children
this is called family system , elders of hind o pak dream to breath last among surrounded by family and grand children. that is why they earn even in bad condition and labour hard to earn livelihood for children. this is sacrifice .
And that is the very fact that i have appreciated in my comment giving edge to Indians over Pakistanis. They prove to be more resilient when it comes to economic crunch.