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Jaitley raises H1B visa issue with US

Our Staff Reporter, New Delhi
21/04/2017   0 Comments

Finance Minister  Arun Jaitley held a bilateral meeting with the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington yesterday where he raised the burning  issue of tightening  H1B visa rules in the US  which largely affects  the  Indian IT and other skilled professional. 

Accompanied  by  Indian  Ambassador to US,   Navtej Sarna and  Secretary, Economic Affairs Shaktikanta Das,  Jaitley  raised the matter with his US counterpart  on the recent executive order which indicate a possible tightening of the H-1B visa regime., Bureaucracy Today has learnt 

He outlined the significant contributions the skilled Indian professionals have made to the US economy and expressed the hope that the US administration will take this aspect into consideration while taking any decision.

Both leaders emphasized the strength of Indo-US economic relations and the bipartisan support it has acquired over the years.  Finance Minister briefed  the  US  Commerce Secretary on the strength of the Indian economy and the significant structural reforms Government of India has undertaken over the last three years.  The US Commerce Secretary Ross congratulated Jaitley on making the GST a reality.

On April 19, US President Donald Trump signed the executive  order  paving  the  way for stringent  H1B visa rules enforecment  which will make it difficult for highly skilled foreign workers  to enter US on work.  Enforcing his “Buy American and Hire American’ policy,
Trump while signing the executive order had said US workers have long called for reforms to end visa abuse. The reforms in H1B visas is long over due. H1B visas should be given to highes paid applicants and should never ever be used to replace Americans. Indian H1B visa holders are lowly paid comparatively which make them sought-after by the US companies looking to cut down on costs.

This order mostly affects Indian IT professionals as they big Indian outsourcing firms like Infosys, Wipro, TCS send their skilled professionals on H1B visa to work onsite for the US clients at a low wage. The median salary for the H1B workers from India  is $70,000 whereas big US companies offer much more to the H1B  workers at a median salary of $1,20,000. So much is the popularity of H1B visa that on April 8,  the H1B visa application cap  of  85,000 was reached  within 5 days of opening the channel by  US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


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