PM Narendra Modi Will Meet With Donald Trump On Monday To Discuss H-1B Visa Issue


PM Narendra Modi will take up the issue of H-1B visas for skilled laborers when he meets US President Donald Trump one week from now in Washington, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

“The H-1B visa issue will be one of the issues on the table amid the PM’s visit,” Trade Secretary Rita Teaotia told journalists.

Mr Trump has ordered an audit of the US visa program for bringing high-talented foreign laborers into the United States, putting technology firms and the outsourcing organizations that serve them on notice of conceivable changes ahead.

The audit undermines Indian IT benefits firm, for example, Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services which advise large companies on tech issues and do a scope of assignments for them, depending intensely on the H-1B visa program.

PM Modi will meet Mr Trump in Washington on Monday. The first meeting between them is required to lay the ground for a further development in ties, which developed quickly under previous US President Barack Obama.

However, Mr Trump’s focus on building ties with China, coupled with his protectionist trade policies and his characterisation of India as an unscrupulous negotiator in the Paris climate change agreement have raised objections in Delhi.

Ms Teaotia said the administration would attempt to persuade Washington that higher fares from India were a win-win for both nations as they helped American organizations cut expenses and make employments.

The respective trade between the two nations dramatically increased to about $115 billion in 2016 from $45.1 billion in 2006. Nonetheless, the US exchange shortfall with India additionally enlarged.

The trade shortfall was $30.8 billion in 2016, up from $12.7 billion in 2006.