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    India Flags H-1B Visa Reforms Issue With Visiting US Congressional Delegation

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    The $143 billion Indian IT industry derives 60 percent ($65 billion) of its total export revenue of $108 billion from the US market alone which is vulnerable to President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) New Delhi has once again conveyed its strong concern to the US over the proposed restrictions on H-1B visa – a short-term visa granted to skilled professionals from foreign countries – in line with President Donald Trump’s 'America First' policy.

    India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, during a meeting with a visiting nine-member US Congressional delegation from the house committee on science, space, and technology, sought bipartisan Congressional support for India’s concerns.

    "Swaraj flagged the issue of H-1B visa as a strong concern and sought bipartisan Congressional support for the same," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson, India’s Ministry of External Affairs tweeted after the meeting in New Delhi.

    ​This was the second time in a week that India raised the issue with the US. A few days ago, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also raised the H-1B visa issue during bilateral meetings with the US Treasury Secretary and the US Commerce Secretary in Washington D.C.

    Jaitley made a strong case for reforms in H-1B/L1 visa processes and social security contribution so that high-caliber Indian professionals serving American interest are not unfairly deprived of their well-earned money.

    "People who come in the US through H-1B visa are high-value professionals which heavily contribute to the economy of the United States. They are not illegal economic migrants. And that is why the US should treat them with a different and better perspective," Jaitley said.

    Indian skilled workers mainly from IT sector is the largest group of recipients of the 65,000 H-1B visas issued each year to new applicants under a cap mandated by Congress. However, the actual number of Indian nationals working in the United States under the H-1B program is quite large because of some of the exemptions available for Indians and roll over visa. H-1B is a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs.

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