New Delhi: While the US administration is not relenting on immigration issue and there are proposal to curtail the number of immigrants in the country, efforts have started in India to minimize its impact on Indians. Indians are biggest beneficiaries of H1b visa issued by the US government and its impact will be highest on them.
Therefore now there are moves afoot to talk and negotiate with US administration and Congress members in this regard.
The Indian establishment believes that by establishing contacts with US administration, it may be able to sort out the issue. While it should be of some help, but the mood in the US establishment is not going to be very strong.
In the meantime reports suggest that the government is engaged with the Donald Trump administration as well as members of the US Congress on concerns regarding the H1B visa issue, amidst apprehension that there may be a clamp down on it which can hurt Indian IT industry.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup while talking about it said, “We continue to engage both members of the US administration as well as members of the US Congress on our interests and concerns pertaining to not just H1B visa but other issues as well…We remain vigilant to what happens on this in future. We are also engaging all internal stakeholders in India”.
Officials suggest that there was indication that President Trump is set to sign an order overhauling work visa programmes like H1B. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year. During his campaign, Trump had promised to increase oversight of H-1B and L-1 visa programmes.