Trump visa crackdown spurs tech moves to Mexico

5/4/2017 Financial Times

Mexican engineersDonald Trump’s pledge to clamp down on immigration has soured relations between Mexico and the US as the new president looks to build a border wall between the two countries.

But his moves to restrict how many highly skilled immigrants can enter the country may benefit America’s southern neighbour, as technology outsourcers from India, Europe and the US eye Mexico as a place from which to service US clients struggling to recruit software engineers.

Tech Mahindra, one of India’s largest IT service companies, says it will double its operations in Mexico in the next year to 18 months if the US makes it more difficult for Indians to get skilled H1-B visas.

Arvind Malhotra, global head of strategic accounts and South America, said: “We’ve been having several conversations that we want to ramp up the operations in [Latin] America — especially English-speaking operations — because of the current administration.”

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