Fearing Trump’s visa stance, Indian IT firms are spending top dollar on lobbying

March 9, 2018 Admin3915 0

As US president Donald Trump threatens to tighten immigration policies, Indian tech giants are lobbying harder in Washington than before. In 2017, India’s second-largest IT services company, Infosys, spent $200,000 (Rs1.3 crore) on lobbying the US Congress, four times more than it did in the previous year, data from non-profit Center for Responsive Politics showed. Wipro, the third-largest in the sector, spent $130,000—five-and-a-half times more than a year ago. The country’s largest IT company, TCS, also increased its spend on lobbying to $110,000 in 2017, up 37%. Such lobbying (i.e., trying to wield influence on policy-making) has gained unprecedented importance for Indian IT companies since Trump took office in January 2017. His administration has made several moves to make the “Buy American and Hire American READ MORE