With demand in the IT services sector on the rise, and costs and restrictions on long-term work visa for the US expected to increase, the existing H-1B visa holders have become ‘hot property’. According to sources in recruitment and headhunting space, several Indian IT services companies are giving preference to candidates who hold the ‘most sought after’ H-1B visa as against those who may have the same skill set but no stamp on their passport.
“The first question I ask candidates when I call them to discuss an onsite opening is if they hold an H1-B; if the reply is yes, half my job is done,” says an executive search manager at a Bangalore-based recruitment firm that has several large and mid-size IT services companies as its clients. “Some of our clients have clearly told us to target only those candidates who have valid H-1B visas and not consider the others. This has left us with an extremely limited scope for recruitment.” Read more »