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the company would never sponsor him for immigration in the first place

The companies would simply insert a contract clause requiring employees who switch jobs to repay the costs of their visa or even require new employees to pay the costs upfront. Of course, if the government decides to prevent Indian programmers from working in the US it has many other alternatives. For example, it can simply close the H1B program altogether. However, doing so risks making the US software industry less competitive and ultimately force companies to outsource jobs abroad.






Requiring them to pay to change jobs would be a form of not letting them change jobs. So this doesn't speak to what happens if you let them change jobs.

However, doing so risks making the US software industry less competitive and ultimately force companies to outsource jobs abroad.


No, it makes the software industry less competititve assuming that they are telling the truth. They're not telling the truth; they pay lip service to "we really need the H1-B because there's no native who can do the job equally well" when they're just lying about that because they don't have to pay the immigrant as much as a native due to the immigrant's inability to switch jobs.

There's probably a core of companies who really are more competitive with H1-Bs, so some immigration would remain, but it would be drastically reduced and the ones who still are let in would be paid market salaries.
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