INDIA TO TAKE UP H1-B VISA ISSUE WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Expressing disappointment over the US government's proposals to tighten H-1B visa norms, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said he would take up the matter with the Trump administration. "We are very disappointed by some of the actions by the US administration," the commerce and industry minister told reporters here. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.Prabhu said under the visas issued to the technology service providers, there is evidence that Indians have contributed significantly to the growth of the US economy. Indian companies' investment into the US has created new jobs in America, he said, adding that if spouses of the Indian IT professionals are competent and qualified, they will only add value to the economy there and not snatch jobs of local people.