The duration of law was extended from four to five years under James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 to provide healthcare and financial compensation for the firefighters and other ‘First Responders’ who helped out in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack. In a report released last month, NASSCOM said Indian tech industry contributed an estimated over $ 375 million during this period to the U.S. Treasury including helping America secure its borders.
In a recent interview, NASSCOM president R Chandrashekhar described the fee as unjustified.
“It had nothing to do with the IT industry. It was applied in an inequitable way, which specifically targeted Indian companies,” he said, adding that he would welcome any move to eliminate the fee. The Congress can still come up with a legislation to reinstall the discriminatory H-1B fee, which lapsed Oct 1, Congressional sources said. However, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA) in a statement criticised the U.S. Congress for the lapse of the H-1B fee.