Worried Indian officials raise concerns with the U.S. after Trump passes H-1B order
Nigeria Sun - Friday 21st April, 2017
Earlier this week, Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of H-1B visas
Order calls for review of the visas by the departments of State, Labour, Homeland Security and Justice
Indian Finance Minister raised concerns about the regulations with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s order, calling for a review of H-1B visas by the departments of State, Labour, Homeland Security and Justice - Indian officials have expressed worries.
India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley is said to have raised strong concerns about the move to tighten the visa program by the Trump administration - during a meeting with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Jaitley is said to have highlighted the key role played by highly-skilled Indian professionals in boosting the American economy.
Trump signed an executive order earlier this week for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop its "abuse" and ensure that the visas are given to the "most-skilled or highest paid" petitioners.
The H-1B visa is mainly used by domestic Indian IT professionals for short-term work in the U.S.
Indian technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year for their U.S. operations.
Further, the U.S. market accounts for about 60 percent of the revenue of the Indian IT industry.
Jaitley reportedly told Ross about the contribution of highly-skilled Indians in the economic development of the United States and India.
Officials said, he is said to have further stressed that they should continue to do so, which is in the best interest of the two countries.
During the meeting, Ross is believed to have said that the U.S. has started the process of reviewing H-1B visas issues and no decision has been taken on it so far.
Further, officials noted that Ross assured that whatever the outcome of the review process, the Trump administration's objective is to have a merit-based immigration policy that gives preference to highly-skilled professionals.
The meeting was the first cabinet-level interaction between the two countries under the Trump administration and the Indian Finance Minister led an Indian delegation to attend the annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
He is also scheduled to hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the U.S., Australia, France, Indonesia and Sweden.
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