New Delhi, July 21: As soon as the Trump administration took charge in the United States, with an aim to hire more Americans Firstly suspended premium processing of H1B visas, then tightened the process etc which directly affected the Indians. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday informed Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Modi and US president Donald Trump had an extensive discussion on the spirit of H1B visa and during the recent visit to the United States.
Notably, Minister Swaraj’s remark came as Congress MP Anand Sharma raised the matter in Rajya Sabha asking the government to be sensitive to the concerns of IT professionals. Minister Swaraj said, “Without using the word H1B visa there was extensive discussion on its spirit, between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Proud to say that Prime Minister Modi was able to make President Trump agree that Indian skilled professionals are contributing greatly to the American economy.”
However, during PM Modi’s visit to the United States, the issue of H1B visa did not find mention in the joint statement, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals. Earlier, President Trump had signed an executive order in April for tightening the rules of the H1B visa programme. Trump had said that his administration is going to enforce ‘Hire American’ rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US.
Importantly, an H1B visa which is the most popular among Indian IT firms and professionals. The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology. Interestingly, suspension of the premium processing was being done in previous years too.