Singapore To Reduce Visas For Indian IT Professionals

Singapore to block Visas for Indian IT professionals

While everybody is talking about US blocking immigrants from other countries to increase jobs for locals, Singapore has been in the news for same.

Visas for Indian IT professionals to work in Singapore have dropped to increase jobs for locals, prompting the government to put on hold the review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) citing violation of the trade pact.

Singapore too, like the US, is advising Indian companies to hire local talent. As a result, some firms have begun relocating some of their operations to other countries in the region. A number of Indian IT firms have moved to Singapore from the early movers like HCL and TCS to Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and L&T Infotech.

“This (visa problem) has been lingering for a while but since early-2016, visas are down to a trickle. All Indian companies have received communication on fair consideration, which basically means hiring local people,“ Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar has been quoted as saying in a TOI report.

In recent years, Singapore has emerged as a key opponent of allowing foreign professionals into their nation.

On the other hand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said there was no reason to worry about the curbs on H1-B visas or the job security of Indian IT professionals working in the US for the time being as the Indian government is in talks with the US regarding this.

“Currently there are four bills in the US Congress about curbs on H1-B visas. We are engaged (in a dialogue) with the US at very high level regarding this… We are making all efforts (through diplomatic channels) to ensure these bills are not passed,” Sushma said in the Rajya Sabha last week.

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