Hyderabad: Call it the Donald Trump effect, the competition for H-1B visas in the United States appears to be all set to come down this year.
This is due to the fact that several IT companies in the country have decided to reduce their applications for H-1B visas.
According to experts, Indian IT companies which earlier used to send junior staff after one year of experience now want to give H-1B visas to senior and top level professionals only. Some companies have, in fact, fixed the eligibility for H-1B visas to four or five years while some others have decided to go slow on the visas.
Another reason that could dampen competition is that working professionals who used to file multiple application forms have now become cautious about stringent norms laid down by the White House. Every year, of the total applications, about 50,000 used to constitute multiple applications filed by working professionals. More than 2.36 lakh applications were received for 85,000 H-1B visas last year. Of these, nearly 70,000 applications were from Indian IT companies alone.
The new rules for H-1B could spell trouble for students who have graduated from colleges and universities that lost their accreditation. Recently, the US Department of Education cancelled recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which used to accredit colleges and schools.
According to Telugu students, fearing the new rule and Federal Bureau of Investigation probes, consultancies in the US are refusing to process the H-1B forms of students who graduated from ACICS accredited universities.
“I expect the number of H-1B applications to be significantly lower. There is higher probability for graduates from good colleges in the US to get picked this year. The Trump cleanup may actually prove to be very positive for genuine students,” said G Narsi Reddy, US education expert.
Students who graduated from ACICS accredited universities are left with two options, either to join another course or head back to their homeland.