1. Will look into concerns on visa fee hike: Penny Pritzker

Will look into concerns on visa fee hike: Penny Pritzker

With the Indian IT industry alleging that it is being targeted, US trade secretary Penny Pritzker assured that the American authorities would look into concerns expressed by the Indian side on H-1B visa fees and an elusive totalisation agreement.

By: | Published: August 31, 2016 6:01 AM

With the Indian IT industry alleging that it is being targeted, US trade secretary Penny Pritzker assured that the American authorities would look into concerns expressed by the Indian side on H-1B visa fees and an elusive totalisation agreement.

“We did raise (visa issues). We voiced our concerns and gave an estimate on damages it will do to our industry,” commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman said after the conclusion of the 2nd Strategic and Commercial Dialogue meet between the US and India in New Delhi.

Earlier in the day, the issues of the visa fee and the totalisation agreements were raised in the US-India CEOs’ forum in the presence of Pritzker. India is concerned about the US move to drastically hike the H-1B and L-1 visa charges, which is estimated to quadruple the Indian IT industry’s annual visa costs to $400 million.

“I don’t think that’s true (Indian IT professionals being targeted). Visa change was not directed towards Indian workers,” Pritzker said. Increasing India-US business ties is one of their highest priorities, she added.

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