A study has found that US president Donald Trump’s crackdown on the H-1B visa is not all the atrocity for Indian workers that it appears to be.


“The visa programme, which allows foreign workers to live and work in the US for up to six years, “enables the exploitation of H-1B workers, many of whom are underpaid, vulnerable to abuse, and frequently placed in poor working conditions,” a Jan. 15 report by the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council said.

The report cited the example of Hewlett-Packard, which hired computer programmers for a meagre $10 (Rs713.20) per hour over two decades ago. And even now, wages are on the lower side. Consider this: Level 1 wages are typically 40% below the average US wage. Level 2 wages are typically 20% below the average wage. Nearly four in five H-1B applications approved by the US department of labour belong to these two lower rungs, the report said.

Indians have annually received the highest number of H-1B visas for years.

The report said it was a myth that all H-1B workers are highly-skilled workers filling a massive skills gap for roles that no American worker is available to fill”.

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