The United States has conveyed to India that there is no significant change in the H-1B visa regime, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday
Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that India is articulating its concerns regarding the visa policy vigorously with the new administration in the US. However, the minister said, there is no significant change in the H-1B visa regime. “The fear, at least for 2017, is not proved to be correct. They (US) are saying their current priority is to deal with the illegal immigrants,” she said during Question Hour.
She said the issue was also taken up by the commerce minister recently with visiting Congressional delegation led by Bob Goodlatte and during the visit of commerce secretary and foreign secretary to the US in March 2017. The minister said India’s concerns on visa issues were articulated during the Strategic and Commerce Dialogue 2016 and Trade Policy Forum 2016 held in October.