PM Modi urges Donald Trump to ‘keep an open mind’ on H-1B visas

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US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the US to have a balanced and farsighted perspective on admitting skilled Indian workers. Modi’s comments came after US President stated ‘America First’ rhetorics on jobs. PM made this comments when a bipartisan delegation of twenty-six members of the United States Congress called on him on Tuesday.

India’s 150 billion dollar IT service industry may suffer if the United States of America kerbs the visa’s known as H-1B to send the software experts on projects. Indians have the largest number of recipients of H-1B visas and out of the 65,000 visas released every year, the H-1B cap is available to 20,000 applicants who have obtained US master’s degree.

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The Prime Minister recalled his positive conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump and the shared commitment to further strengthen ties that have grown deeper in the last two and a half years.In this regard, he recognised Congress’ strong bipartisan support for the India-US partnership.

Prime Minister Modi shared his perspective on areas where both countries can work even more closely, including in facilitating greater people-to-people linkages that have over the years helped contribute to each other’s prosperity.

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In this context, Prime Minister referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society.“I urge to develop a reflective, balanced and farsighted perspective on the movement of skilled professionals,” he added.

US President Donald Trump, after taking over the office in January, decided to overhaul the work visa programmes which includes H-18 and L1 visas. The overhaul of these visas may adversely affect the Indian tech firms and professionals in the US and many industrialists including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have raised their concerns regarding the overhaul of the visas.