Washington: Vivek Ramaswamy, the Indian-origin Republican presidential candidate in the US, has described the H-1B visa program as a ‘condition of indentured servitude’ and called for ‘abolishing’ a lottery-based system and replacing it with a merit list after being elected President in 2024. Has promised to bring based admission system.
Popular among Indian information technology (IT) professionals, the H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that grants US companies the right to hire foreign professionals for positions that require technical expertise. Technology companies rely on this visa program to recruit thousands of professionals every year from countries like India and China. Ramaswamy himself has used the H-1B visa program 29 times.
According to the report of the newspaper ‘The Politico’, from 2018 to 2023, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved Ramaswamy’s former company Roivant Science 29 times to recruit workers under the H-1B visa program. Still, the newspaper quoted the 38-year-old entrepreneur as saying, the H-1B system is ‘bad for everyone involved.’