H-1B visas for Indians

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New Delhi: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has informed Parliament that Indians have received between 67% to 72% of the total H-1B visas issued by the U.S. in the last five fiscal years and that no comprehensive changes have been made to the U.S. H-1B visa programme so far. 

“The U.S. Government has adopted certain administrative measures with respect to the H-1B visa programme that have introduced greater scrutiny of H-1B applications and increased documentation requirements and theand the issue was raised with Pompeo last month,” the Minister told Parliament last week in reply to a query. 

“The statistics show that Indian nationals have received between 67% to 72% of the total H-1B visas issued by the U.S. in the last five fiscal years. H-1B visa has played an important role in facilitating the movement of talented Indian professionals,” Jaishankar emphasised 

The Government of India has closely consulted all stakeholders and engaged with the U.S. Administration and Congress on issues related to the movement of Indian professionals, including those pertaining to the H-1B programme, the Minister said in reply to a query in Parliament. 

“Most recently, issues of H-1B visa were raised during the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, to India on 26 June 2019,” the Minister told the lawmakers. 
“In our engagements, we have emphasized that this has been a mutually-beneficial partnership which should be nurtured. Indian skilled professionals have contributed to the growth and development of the U.S. economy and have helped the U.S. retain its competitive edge and innovation advantage. The U.S. side has valued the contribution made by Indian nationals in the U.S.” 

US President Donald Trump’s decision to streamline H-1B visas has been point of contention between Delhi and Washington.