India has urged the US to adopt a sensitive and balanced approach to the issue of H-1B Visa even as policy changes are being planned for these visas. India has said that this can impact the intra-people ties that are vital to strengthening the bilateral ties. These views were expressed by India at the first 2+2 dialogue between the US and India.
Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister of India sought support form Micheal Pompeo the US Secretary of State to nurture the intra-people exchanges. Nirmala Sitharaman the Defense Minister and James Mattis the US Defense Secretary also participated in the talks.
The proposed changes to the H-1B Visa regime must be under a sensitive and balanced approach for the issue said Swaraj. I have sought the support of Secretary of State in this regards she added. Swaraj was addressing a joint press conference after the talks, as quoted by the Economic Times.
The External Affairs Minister said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have a good rapport. It is in this background the Indians feel that the US will not harm their interests, added Swaraj.
A joint statement was issued after the talks concluded between the Ministers. It highlighted the unparalleled intra-people ties between India and the US. The benefits to both the nations out of the ties were also acknowledged. This includes collaboration and the free flow of ideas in IT, Science, Space, Health, and Oceans.
The H-1B Visa is a non-immigrant US Visa. It permits the US firms to hire overseas workers in specialty jobs that need technical or theoretical expertise. Tech firms rely on them to hire 10s of 1000s of workers annually from nations such as China and India.
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