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Modi Urges US For Balanced Visa Rules

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New Delhi: US Congressional delegation calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Feb 21, 2017. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
US Congressional delegation calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Welcoming a 26-member bipartisan delegation from the US Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States to develop a balanced outlook towards the movement of skilled professionals….reports Asian Lite News

New Delhi: US Congressional delegation calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Feb 21, 2017. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
US Congressional delegation calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Underlining the contribution of the Indian talent to the US economy and society, the Prime Minister asked the United States to develop a reflective, balanced and farsighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

“The Prime Minister shared his perspective on areas where both countries can work even more closely, including in facilitating greater people-to-people linkages that have over the years helped in contributing to each other’s prosperity,” it said.

India, in January, had expressed its concern over a bill to change rules on H-1B visas that will impact the IT industry and Indian techies working in America.

The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017, introduced in the House of Representatives by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren, calls for doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000 from the current minimum of $60,000 — a move that could impact Indian techies.

Calling the visit as a good start to bilateral exchanges following a new US administration, Modi recalled his “positive conversation with President Donald Trump and the shared commitment to further strengthening of ties that have grown deeper in the last two-and-a-half years”.

“In this regard, he recognised Congress’s strong bipartisan support for the India-US partnership,” the statement added.