The administration wants to implement a â€˜merit-basedâ€™ immigration policy.
The United States has criticized Indian IT giant Infosys, Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services for applying for a large number of H-1B visas and getting a lionâ€™s share, more than they deserve, by putting extra tickets in the lottery raffle.
A senior Trump administration official said at a White House briefing last week that the government wants to implement a â€˜merit-basedâ€™ immigration policy.
â€œSome companies often times are called outsourcing firms. You may know their names well, but like the top recipients of the H-1B visa are companies like Tata, Infosys, Cognizant- they will apply for a very large number of visas, more than they get, by putting extra tickets in the lottery raffle,â€ the official said, according to a transcript posted on the White House official website. â€œIf you will, and then theyâ€™ll get the lionâ€™s share of the visas. Which is very different than I think how most people think of the H-1B program â€“ they imagine it for more â€“ being for â€“ again, they would think of it as being for skilled domestic work, rather than contract work.â€
Asked if the government specifically criticized these Indian companies for taking advantage of the H-1B visa program, the official responded that these three are top recipients of H-1B visas.
â€œThose three companies are companies that have an average wage for H-1B visas between $60,000 and $65,000. By contrast, the median Silicon Valley software engineerâ€™s wage is probably around $150,000.â€
He continued: â€œSo it just illustrate the point that I was walking you through about how H-1B visas are awarded- if you have contracting firms that are not skilled employers that often times use workers for entry-level positions, and they capture the lionâ€™s share of H-1B visas.â€
Itâ€™s a criticism of the way the H-1B visa program is run, he added.