Modi Urges Trump To Be Flexible On H-1B Visas
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged US administration to have an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers saying that the Rs 15,000 crore IT Industry would suffer if travel ban is imposed. Curbs on visas, H-1B, used to send skilled workers to the US to work on projects would harm the industry affecting every country.
Modi has met a bipartisan delegation of 26 members of the US Congress. He emphasized on a reflective, balanced and far-sighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals. Exemptions on H-1B cap are available to up to 20,000 further applicants who have obtained a US master’s degree. Since many visas are rolled over, the actual number of Indians working in the US is more. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadendla, who said he could realize his dreams because of an enlightened immigration policy followed by successive US administrations, has met PM Modi on Tuesday.
The government and industry had hoped that Trump’s election would help India’s economy. But his subsequent actions have created a sense of alarm in the Indian industry. The leaders of the IT sectors such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd employ about 35 lakh professionals. They have been lobbying with the US government for relaxation of the curbs imposed in visa regime. They were particular that the condition that the H-1B visa holders have to earn a minimum amount of dollars has to be waived.
The delegation of the Congress members was led by Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia. He chairs the House Judicial Committee. He met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also. He said it is up to the president to reassess the policy on immigration. The government of India is supporting the move by NASSCOM, India’s high-tech industry association, to lobby with US lawmakers and companies to prevail upon the administration not to crack down on allowing its skilled workers into the US.