Indian Govt in talks with US about visa issues, NRIs: Sushma Swaraj

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured Parliament that there was no need to worry about the job security of Indian IT professionals in the US. She said four bills have come to the US Congress regarding H-1B and L1 visas for professionals but they have not been passed.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured Parliament that there was no need to worry about the job security of Indian IT professionals in the US. She said four bills have come to the US Congress regarding H-1B and L1 visas for professionals but they have not been passed. The Minister said the government was in talks with the Trump administrations and engaging with them at the highest level to ensure that the interests of Indian people or the IT industry are not affected. The foreign secretary had met US Congress members who had been all praise for Indians, she said. During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Swaraj said the Trump administration was not the only one which had changed US policies.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured Parliament that they were ensuring the rights of Indians abroad. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

The Minister said the government was in talks with the Trump administrations and engaging with them at the highest level to ensure that the interests of Indian people or the IT industry are not affected.

The foreign secretary had met US Congress members who had been all praise for Indians, she said.

During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Swaraj said the Trump administration was not the only one which had changed US policies.

"In 1990 when H1B visas were first introduced, the cap was 65,000. In 2000, during NDA, it was raised to 1,95,000 for three years. In 2004 the number of these visas was again reversed to 65,000 by the US. So there has been a flip-flop on this policy even before the Donald Trump government," she said.

Regarding illegal migrants, Swaraj said that the US authorities have given a list of 271 persons they have identified for deportation. “We have asked for more details about these 271 persons. Once we check their antecedents and find they are actually Indian citizens, we’ll provide them travel documents back to India so that they are not put behind bars by US authorities,” she said. “Since 2014, 576 undocumented Indian nationals have been issued travel documents to enable their safe return to India.”
 

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Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Senior Writer

Tushaar has five years experience as a journalist in founding two start-up newspapers. He worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. He enjoys reading and writing fiction in his spare time.

 

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