New Delhi: Terming the hike in visa fee under the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as “highly discriminatory”, IT industry body Nasscom said the bill will have an impact of about $400 million annually on India’s technology sector.

Nasscom asserted that the Indian IT industry should not be “repeatedly targeted as a revenue source to fund unrelated programmes i.e biometric entry-exit programme”. Nasscom said the fees will rob American businesses of access to highly-skilled IT talent that they need and higher costs of hiring or contracting for IT services will force more US companies to consider moving IT operations overseas.

US Congressional leaders decided to impose a special fee of $4,000 on certain categories of H-1B visas and $4,500 on L-1 visas.

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