H1-B visas: S Jaishankar says if Donald Trump admin wants US to grow, partnership with India crucial

By: | Updated: March 5, 2017 2:29 PM

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar revealed that he has conveyed the United States that H1B was a category of trade and services which enable American economy to be more competitive.

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Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar revealed that he has conveyed the United States that H1-B was a category of trade and services which enable American economy to be more competitive. He said the President himself in his address to Congress mentioned that the issue needs a merit-based approach. “We conveyed that H1-B was a category of trade and services which enable American economy to be more competitive. President himself in his address to Congress referred to a merit-based approach to the subject:,” said Jaishankar who is currently in the United States.

“If the Trump Administration’s intention is to bring back American companies to America and attract more foreign investment in America and therefore have more growth in the near term, then it was important growing America remains competitive. So, there would actually be (a) growing need for this partnership,” Jaishankar said yesterday speaking on the same matter. He mentioned that H-1B was a trade and business issue and not an economic issue, even though in the US context it was seen as part of the immigration basket.

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On Saturday, United States cleared its stand on the H1-B visa by saying that it is a part of its larger immigration reforms package that the new Trump administration is working on. “There was a sense that there is a recognition of the contribution of the Indian tech sector. Certainly, this is not very much…not a priority of the government. They are concerned with the immigration issue…most of the issues are quite different,” visiting Commerce Secretary Rita Teotia told reporters in a press conference.

Teotia, along with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, is currently in the US meeting top officials of the Trump administration and the Congressional leadership. India has been strongly taking up the case of H-1B visas with the Trump administration. During their meetings with the top administration officials, including Commerce Secretary William Ross, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and with the Congressional leadership, the visiting Indian officials conveyed that H-1B is a “category of trade and services” which actually helps American economy to be more competitive.

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