ANNOUNCEMENT 23 May 2010

On 23 may 2010, India relaxed the visa norms for hiring by Indian IT companies.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

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  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



Govt relaxes visa norms for IT sector, http://www.financialexpress.com/news/govt-relaxes-visa-norms-for-it-sector/623019/

Govt relaxes work visa norms for IT cos, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5966389.cms

NASSCOM, India


Inception date: 23 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

The IT industry can now hire foreign professionals 'as per requirement' instead of the earlier cap of '20 employees per project'. The Ministry of External Affairs has circulated new guidelines to all missions abroad informing them of the relaxation in procedures for information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITeS) companies.

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Inception date: 23 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

However, in view of the fact that there were a large influx of low-skilled workers in the sector from the neighbouring countries, the government has stipulated that the foreign worker being sponsored will have to give a declaration to the effect that his annual salary is in excess of USD 25,000 per annum. This condition has been introduced to ensure the entry of only high-skilled foreign professionals into the industry.
 
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