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Cognizant makes it hard for Indians to get green cards

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Cognizant Technology Solutions told it will no longer be filing applications for green cards under the EB2 & EB3 routes+ until additional notice. The United States-headquartered IT firm will remain to support existing applicants in the 2 categories, but it will suspend new filings, signaling its intent to ramp up its onsite presence.

In an email to some employees, Cognizant stated, “As part of our strategic business goals, we continue to assess the benefits and efficiency of our internal programs which are evolving to align with our long-term objectives. As part of this, we will no longer be filing green card PERM (EB2 and EB3 applications) until further notice,” the email read.

When Times Of India reached out to Cognizant, the company told, “Cognizant has always been a significant sponsor of Permanent Residence for associates and will continue to be so in the future.”
Cognizant move to stop processing of EB2 and EB3 applications could dash the hopes of many H-1B visa+ holders who are hoping for permanent residency. “The EB1 route is typically used for senior management or professionals with extraordinary ability. EB2 and 3 visas are for skilled workers and professionals, mid and lower level employees,” told Mark Davies, managing partner, Davies & Associates

The EB1 visa allows employment-based permanent residency for distinguished individuals who are known in their field — an outstanding professor or researcher, or a multinational executive or manager. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services states EB2 immigrant visa category is for professionals with advanced degrees and individuals of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. An individual is eligible for EB3 visas if they’re skilled workers, requiring a minimum of two years training or work experience. A professional worker requires at least a United States baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent.

In a fresh earnings calls, Cognizant told they are reducing dependence on H-1B visas and they have applied for less than half the number of visas it sought last year. The IT firm is expanding hiring in its United States delivery centers. The company obtained over 1,000 technology and business professionals in its Tampa center. It has also increased its retraining programs and is working with local institutions to implement special curricula that will help meet growing client needs.Last year, it hired 4,000 United States citizens and residents. The company had 261,200 employees as on March with a majority of its workforce based in India.


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