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days amid fresh concerns over H1-B visa issue.

Shares of TCS dipped 2.71 per cent, Infosys declined by

1.37 per cent, Tech Mahindra lost 0.66 per cent and Wipro went

down by 0.40 per cent on BSE.

These stocks had lost over 4 per cent in the previous

session also, witnessing a combined erosion of Rs 44,280 crore

from their market valuation in two straight sessions.

The BSE IT index today declined by 1.25 per cent to end

at 9,466.90.

HCL Technologies however managed to end in the green, up

0.67 per cent.

A legislation has been introduced in the US House of

Representatives which among other things calls for more than

doubling the minimum salary of H1-B visa holders to USD

1,30,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme

to replace American employees with foreign workers, including

from India.

“Hike in H1B visa cost will have significant impact on

the financials…as Indian companies are major users of H-1B

visa though they form very less part of the overall workforce

(around 11-15 per cent),” Angel Broking said in a report

yesterday.

“Depending on the companies, they could easily witness

around 60-70 per cent rise in the salaries of the H1B visa

dependent workforce and hence have significant impact on the

net profit of the companies,” it added.

H1-B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to

employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require

theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. The

technology companies go for it to hire tens of thousands of

employees each year.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.