Dear employers who rely on IT workers supplied by Infosys and similar rent-a-programmer firms:
You may have heard that the recently introduced Durbin/Grassley H-1B/L-1 reform bill will end business as we know it for the Infosyses. But really, you have nothing to worry about.
First, even if the bill were enacted, it would first be greatly watered down during the legislative process, as happened with previous incarnations of the bill, due to pressure from the lobbyists. The latter would also achieve further emasculation of the bill when the Dept. of Labor would set up the regulations to implement the bill. Keep in mind that Senator Rubio’s main immigration adviser is from the giant Fragomen immigration law firm, which represents Infosyses.
But, just for the sake of argument, suppose the bill stays completely intact. In that scenario, you still have excellent options!
One solution would be to shift from an Indian Infosys to IBM, Cognizant or Accenture (or many other firms that will open rent-a-programmer departments to cash in on the clipping of the Infosyses’ wings). There may be a slight wage increase, but basically it will be business as usual.
The bill does subject all employers, including those mentioned above, to requirement that American workers be given hiring priority, but this requirement, long in place for the Infosyses and for the green card process, is notoriously easy to circumvent. No worries here.
Second, the bill gives work visa issuance priority to foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities. The Googles and Facebooks will grab the MIT grads, of course, but you’ll have plenty of students left to choose from who are of quality equal to or better than the H-1Bs you currently use from Indian schools. If you are a company like SCE in southern California, for instance, there are no fewer than TEN CSU campuses nearby, and lots more just a day’s drive away, easy to bring in for interviews.
The Infosyses will be hiring the foreign students too, either as OPTs or in a separate bill Congress will enact later, Staple-a-Green Card, so the firms won’t violate the 50% H-1B/L-1 limit in the Durbin/Grassley bill.
Remember, although the Infosyses are quite skilled at cost cutting, the main reason they’re currently able to supply you with cheap workers is that those workers are YOUNG. The new foreign student grads will almost all be young, so again, business as usual.
All is good.