India is going to oppose US move of setting occupation specific visa rules

September 22, 2015
India will oppose to any of the moves made by the US in setting up ceilings which are occupation specific under its all permits for work visa. And it will also raise the issue at the 1st India-US Strategic & Commercial Dialogue (SCD) which is going to be held today in Washington. 

India to counter US move of setting occupation specific visa rules

Commerce Ministry officials said that they will raise their concerns over soaring visa fees, soaring rate of visas that are rejected. He also said that they also want to make sure that there is no ceiling which is industry specific within the cap of working visa on the whole. They don’t want allotment of that kind. 

US and other European countries have imposed restrictions on the moves of skilled and professional Indians to reside and work in those nations is a long term concern to India.

The proposed measures with restrictions on visas for skilled non immigrants is threatening the IT companies, because of the current issues relating to increase in fee of US H1-B/ L1 visa, difficult process of granting the visa,  increased time for processing and increased rates of rejection are unresolved.

Atmosphere of negativity has been created due to regular investigations being done against Indian technology firms. As these firms are all set to cooperate with the authorities of the US. Sangeeta Gupta, Senior vice president, NASSCOM said.

Both the countries hold separate meetings on issues related to commercial and strategic. But during the President Obama’s previous visit to India in the month of January 2015,  it was decided to elevate them in a single dialogue, making it a mechanism as most comprehensive for discussing the details of cooperation between the two countries in many fields. 

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will be leading the Indian delegation at composite dialogue, along with Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Trade, Minister for Coal, Power, new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal and other senior officials.

The delegation of the US includes Secretary of State John Kerry, Penny Pritzker, Commerce Secretary and Ernest Moniz, Energy Secretary.

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