H1B visa row: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to pay four-day visit to US from Tuesday

By: |
New Delhi | Updated: February 26, 2017 3:41:25 PM

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit the US from Tuesday during which key bilateral issues including India's concerns over a possible clamp down on H1B visas and safety of Indians are expected to be discussed.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar (PTI)

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit the US from Tuesday during which key bilateral issues including India’s concerns over a possible clamp down on H1B visas and safety of Indians are expected to be discussed.

According to officials here, Jaishankar will also be holding talks on regional and international issues of mutual interest with senior members of the Donald Trump administration during his four-day visit.

Maintaining that the government was engaged with the Trump administration as well as members of the US Congress on concerns regarding the H1B visa issue, they said India’s view that Indian IT companies were contributing to the American economy by increasing the competitiveness of their firms will be conveyed by the foreign secretary during his meetings.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.

During the visit, which will be taking place barely days after killing of an Indian engineer in a crowded bar in Kansas City in an apparent hate crime incident, the issue of safety of Indian nationals is also expected to figure during the discussions between the two sides.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.