• Impact of US Senate Immigration Bill on Outsourcing
  • August 1, 2013 | Author: Paul J. N. Roy
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown LLP - Chicago Office
  • On the day the US Senate passed its comprehensive immigration-reform bill1 this June, undocumented immigrants watching the vote from the Senate gallery burst into applause and chanted “Yes we can!” They had good reason to cheer, given the bill’s promise of a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants now living in the country illegally. But that promise is just one of several reforms the bill proposes, and affected groups are finding less to applaud in some of the others. In particular, much of the IT outsourcing industry faces significant disruptions if the bill’s temporary-work-visa provisions become law. Outsourcing companies based in India -Wipro, Infosys, and TCS, to name a few of the largest such companies - constitute a major segment of the industry, and they rely heavily on Indian employees to fill both the managerial and technical ranks of their US labor forces. The bill would place a number of restrictions on the H-1B and L-1 skilled-worker visas that allow those employees to enter and remain in the country.