The National Association of Software and Services Companies has accentuated its lobbying in the US for immigration and visas as per the updated disclosure of the lobby reports that have been filed with the Senate in the US. Payments of almost 1, 50, 000 US dollars were made by NASSCOM in the first quarter of 2017 to two registered lobbyists in the US.
This is a significant increase from the 1, 10, 000 US dollars that were paid by NASSCOM to the two lobbyists in the last quarter of 2016.
The Lande Group, the first of the lobbying groups in the US was paid 50,000 US dollars in the first quarter of 2017 which was the same amount paid in the last quarter of 2016.
On the other hand, the second lobby group that is a unit of Hill &Knowlton Strategies, LLC the Wexler & Walker was paid 100, 000 US Dollars in the first quarter of 2017 while compared to the 60,000 US dollars in the last quarter of 2016, as quoted by the New Indian Express.
According to the revelations of the lobbying report, the particular lobbying issues that were highlighted by this lobbyist group include aspects of immigration.
The federal agencies of the US and the US Congress houses with whom the lobbying group lobbied on behalf of the NASSCOM include the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. NASSCOM itself is a lobby group for the IT industry in India worth 150 billion US Dollars.
Meanwhile diverse number of particular issues for lobbying with the diverse US federal agencies by the Lande Group includes border adjustment tax, tax reforms, India –US relations, visa processing, green cards, and high skill immigration.
Apart from lobbying with the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, the federal agencies and institutions with which the Lande Group lobbied include the US Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Trade Representative and the White House Office.
Earlier this year, NASSCOM led a delegation of the IT industry in India to the US to deliberate with the stakeholders of the US administration led by Trump on several issues such as inflow of skilled manpower between US and India and curbs on work visas.
NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar had said during the visit that the debate over the H1-B visas in the US had turned into an emotional and political issue. There is a huge gap between the perception and facts regarding the H1-B visas and immense contribution was made by the IT firms in India to the economy of the US and creation of jobs, added R Chandrashekhar.
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