Anticipating greater restrictions on H1-B visas, Indian IT firms operating in the United States are considering utilizing NAFTA provisions to avoid staffing shortages. The strategy arose in response to proposed U.S. legislation that would, among other provisions, limit the number of employees on H1-B visas in a company to 50% of its total U.S. workforce. Indian IT firms would be impacted because the majority of their U.S. staff work under H1-B visas.
As reported by Computerworld, instead of sending Indian professionals to the U.S., they would go to Mexico, and Mexican employees would work in the United States under a TN professional visa, which is easier to obtain than the H1-B. No limit applies to TN visas; they are valid for three years, and they are renewable.