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10-fold rise in number of Indians in the US seeking jobs in India

Indian professionals in the US are a worried lot after the Trump administration has implemented the H-1B policy changes. According to a study conducted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the number of Indians in the US seeking jobs in India has witnessed a 10-fold increase during the last quarter. In December 2016, there were around 600 US-based Indians looking for jobs in India, but by the end of March 2017, this figure has increased to around 7,000 people. Speaking about this trend, R Chandrashekhar, president of Indian IT Industry body Nasscom said that the concerns are due to the perceptions that the US is increasingly becoming a protectionist regime.

He said that he is not surprised since the problems are being faced not only by US-based Indians but people from other countries as well, who may be dependent on the United States for their livelihood. Chandrashekhar also said that it is a misconception that majority of H-1B visas are grabbed by Indian companies. While it is true that 70% of H-1B visas are issued to Indian nationals, Indian companies actually get less than 20% of H-1B visas.

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