Contentious statements around immigration reform have been a key part of the unexpected ascension of Donald Trump as president-elect of the US. While Trump has focused his energies on trying to stop the hemorrhage of jobs in the US with his divisive agenda, India and Indian companies’ prospects too have been clouded as key programmes such as the H-1B visa have come under attack. Mark Davies, global chairman, Davies & Associates, a leading immigration law specialist, and Abhinav Lohia, practice chair for India, Davies & Associates, tells Rahul Sachitanand that Indian companies often enlist low-cost law firms and pay a steep price in a volatile immigration market. Edited excerpts:
Immigration is a hot button issue at any time of the year in the US. Post elections, how has the debate on immigration shifted vis-a-vis Indians moving to the US?
We see clients from every area you can think of from India who have come to America and have successfully settled down. In terms of the immigration process, sometimes I think it gets a bad rap. And, the reason I think it gets a bad rap is because people file cases that are improperly prepared… The denial rates on visas are a function of incompetent preparedness, not necessarily a negative attitude towards individuals. We bring one new Indian company a week to the US. Indians tend to look for the cheapest service provider and this firm is often not the one doing proper due diligence.
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