H-1B Visa reform to be part of Immigration package: US to India


Washington:  The US has assured India that the H-1B visas issue was not a priority for it and would be part of the larger immigration reforms package that the new Trump administration is working on.

Earlier, the administration said it plans to issue an executive order to curtail the use of H-1B visas, but Indian government officials were told that these work visas would be dealt with only as part of a larger immigration reforms package.

“There was a sense that there is recognition of the contribution of the Indian tech sector. Certainly this is not very much…not a priority of the government. They are concerned with the immigration issue…most of the issues are quite different,” visiting Commerce Secretary Rita Teotia said in a conference here.

“Nevertheless when it is addressed, it would be part of the overall immigration package,” Teotia said.

Teotia, along with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, is currently in the US meeting top officials of the Trump administration and the Congressional leadership.

India has been strongly taking up the case of H-1B visas with the Donald Trump’s administration.

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