‘Visa curbs on Indian IT biz may hit US ties’

Aug 09 2014, 02:47 IST
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SummaryConcerned over US immigration bill, India on Friday said any law that seeks to selectively apply visa restrictions on Indian IT businesses may impact the efforts to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

Concerned over US immigration bill, India on Friday said any law that seeks to selectively apply visa restrictions on Indian IT businesses may impact the efforts to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

United States Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernisation Bill, 2013 has not yet been enacted. The Bill seeks to deny access to visas or place additional visa related restrictions including higher fees.

Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that these restrictions, including language negatively impact Indian companies on important issues such as non-displacement and wage level classification.This is not only discriminatory but also creates an unequal playing field for Indian IT companies, she said.

The issue has also been raised with US secretary of state during his recent visit to India in July.

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