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At the 2013 ISG Sourcing Industry Conference in the Americas, a panel discussed short-term scenarios and long-term implications of developing immigration reform.

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Immigration Reform

  1. 1. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary and Confidential. No part of this document may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval devices or systems, without prior written permission from Information Services Group, Inc. #ISGSIC Panel Discussion September 9th, 2013 Short-Term Scenarios and Long-Term Implications Immigration Reform
  2. 2. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved 2 Immigration Reform Squawk Box: Agenda 1. Summary and Current State 2. Short-Term Impacts 3. Mid-Range Outlook 4. Long-term Considerations
  3. 3. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved 3 Immigration Reform: a Summary ►Separate Senate and House approaches. High-skill provisions are part of a much larger comprehensive immigration reform debate. ►The legislation would increase visa and green card numbers while also imposing new restrictions and fees on certain service providers based upon the ratio of visa holders to US citizens and legal permanent residents in their US workforce ►Provisions in the House legislation increase wages and fees ►Provisions in the Senate bill ban outplacement, increase fees and wages, require additional non-displacement attestations, enhance enforcement and more ►Senate passed its bill. House may consider its bills in October/November. House-Senate Conference afterwards. Action rolls into 2014. H-1B and L-1B visa provisions would impact India heritage and India centric service providers’ ability to staff projects for U.S. customers.
  4. 4. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved 4 Implications: Short-Term ►What questions are being asked by clients and prospects? ►What contingency plans should clients and providers be implementing today? ►How would changes impact existing outsourcing contracts and negotiations for new deals? ►How would you go about establishing a risk profile to assess the preparedness of a provider to deal with changes in visa policies? Uncertainty notwithstanding, providers should be working with clients to anticipate and address potential risk
  5. 5. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved 5 Medium-Term Implications: Market Impact ►Will there be a consolidation of the players? ►Who are the likely candidates to acquire or be acquired? ►What will be the long-term impact of changes in visa provisions in terms of, for example, making offshore captives or domestic sourcing options more attractive? ►Could visa restrictions ultimately help India heritage and India centric firms by incentivizing investment in a domestic presence? How would changes affect individual providers and their business strategies?
  6. 6. © 2013 Information Services Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved 6 Long-Term Considerations ►What does the need for temporary work visas say about the state of U.S. education? ►What can/should India heritage providers do to obviate the need for temporary visas (by, for example, funding training centers in the US)? ►What can firms do to increase their local hiring and/or move visaholders to green cards? ►Will immigration reform push more work offshore? ►Will automation and the demise of the labor arbitrage model ultimately make the visa issue a moot point? If so, when? The long-standing temporary visa issue raises some pointed questions about free trade, U.S. education and “global” service delivery.
  7. 7. Information Services Group is a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, serving more than 450 clients around the world to help them achieve operational excellence. ISG supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services, with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. Clients look to ISG for unique insights and innovative solutions for leveraging technology, the deepest data source in the industry, and more than five decades of experience of global leadership in information and advisory services. Based in Stamford, Conn., the company has more than 800 employees and operates in 21 countries. knowledge powering results® #ISGSIC