New immigration rules may hamper Indian software contracts


New immigration rules may hamper Indian software contracts

Rebecca Thomson

The UK's new points-based immigration system could prevent Indian IT workers from entering the country easily, potentially creating problems for importing new IT systems and getting IT support for existing contracts.

Indian trade minister Kamal Nath told the Financial Times the new rules might make it difficult for software and IT executives to travel between India and the UK, making contracts hard to fulfil.

Mr Nath said the workers he was talking about were those coming to the UK for a month or so to integrate software systems. He said that an Indian company that could not send technical experts into the UK for short periods of time would be unable to service existing systems or sell new systems that would require on-the-spot maintenance.

Under the old immigration system, workers were able to temporarily move countries to fulfil contractual commitments, and the Home Office has said it will soon release details on a special immigration category for temporary workers.

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