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India files WTO complaint over US visa fees for tech workers

AP
Published Mar 4, 2016, 9:14 pm IST
Updated Mar 4, 2016, 9:14 pm IST
The complaint alleges that some Indians receive unfair treatment compared to Americans in US.
India has notified that it has started dispute proceedings alleging the U.S. measures are not consistent with Washington's previous commitments to accept services from other countries. (Photo: AFP)
 India has notified that it has started dispute proceedings alleging the U.S. measures are not consistent with Washington's previous commitments to accept services from other countries. (Photo: AFP)

Geneva: India has filed a complaint in the World Trade Organisation against the United States over its measures raising fees on some applicants for temporary work visas, mostly involving the tech sector.

The Geneva-based body said Friday that India has notified that it has started dispute proceedings alleging the U.S. measures are not consistent with Washington's previous commitments to accept services from other countries.

 

The complaint alleges that some Indians receive unfair treatment compared to Americans in the United States in providing similar services in sectors like computer services. The Indian move is unusual at the WTO, where most disputes involve goods, tariffs and restrictions, not services.

India in effect is seeking consultations with the U.S. The WTO will make further information available in coming days.

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