- Indian techies have a greater scope overseas.
- Openings in Australia, Canada, Germany and European countries
Amid apprehensions among Indian techies, post Trump's declaration of stringent H1-B policies and Australia's abolition of 457 visas, immigration experts show a ray of hope. Dispelling fears, they say that job opportunities are still lucrative in Canada, UK, Germany, Australia and the European countries. According to the chief operating officer of Y-Axis, Ms Sabina Xavier, the future is still bright for IT professionals from across India.
She further said, "Australia has abolished 457 visas but it will be replaced with two other visas of two-year and four-year duration. It removed 200 occupations from its skilled occupation list, including HR advisers, market research analysts, call centre managers, and public relation managers. The doors are not closed for tech professionals and they are still very eligible to apply."
There's more to the silver lining, in the words of Xavier. Canada is planning to welcome over 3.2 lakh new immigrants as part of its immigration plan in 2017. It is a great news for techies as the work environment and family sustanance is easy in Canada. For instance, children education is free, even the spouse is allowed to work and pay scales are good. Moreover, one can apply for citizenship after four years in Canada. Going by the visa statistics in the United Kingdom, Indians have a fair chance of getting entry into the country. According to the quarterly Migration statistics report, 53,575 of the 93,244 skilled worker visa applications went to Indians.
Hoping for a better scenario in the USA, Xavier also said that the the superpower will soon realise the value of Indian techies in its economy and would be forced to revise its immigration plan.
Situation gets worse in USA
Meanwhile, in USA, immigration officials have accused companies like Tata, Infosys and Cognizant of flooding the system with applications, which naturally increases their chances of getting the H1-B Visas. A senior official was heard saying, "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, if you will, and then they'll get the lion's share of visas." They further pointed out that these companies were the top recipients of H-1B visas.
The official further added, "And those three companies are companies that have an average wage for H-1B visas between USD 60,000 and USD 65,000 (a year). By contrast, the median Silicon Valley software engineer’s wage is probably around USD 150,000."
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:01 PM IST