New Delhi, Oct 25: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States must not take any decision that adversely impacts Indian people. She said this in reference with the H-1B visa issue that largely hits the interests of Indian I-T companies.
“Discussed H-1B visa issue and requested US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to take action that may adversely impact Indians,” TOI quoted her as saying.
The minister had been taking the issue up with the United States authorities. She raised the issue when a US Congressional delegation had visited India and also when she had met Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of UNGA.
US President Donald Trump had batted for more stringent rules for issuing H-1B visas– a move that will directly impact Indian IT industry that sends a large number of professionals to the US for onsite projects. A private member bill was introduced in the US Congress that will, if passed, will double the minimum salary for H-1B visa aspirant. The minimum salary paid to H-1B visa holders is $60,000– the bill seeks to make it $1,30,000. Because of these norms, Indian I-T companies are already inclined to hire local talent.
“There has been no change yet. There are proposals. Efforts are on to ensure the bill doesn’t get passed in the Congress,” TOI quoted her as saying.