Visa curbs to become emotional irritant in the Indo-US ties: Congress

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Visa curbs to become emotional irritant in the Indo-US ties: Congress

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration should reconsider its position on H-1B visas, a senior Congress leader has said, warning that any move to curb these visas could become an 'emotional irritant' in the Indo-US ties. According to reports, President Donald Trump is considering an executive order to clamp down on work visas and flow of skilled manpower, a move that may impact Indian IT companies. 'The US government should reconsider its position on H-1B (visas). There is certain amount of intellectual investment which India has made in the development of tech industry on the US,' Congress party spokesperson Manish Tewari said. Any such move 'has the potential of becoming an emotional irritant in ties between India and the United States,' he warned. Tewari was speaking to a group of reporters at a media round table at the Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank where he is a senior fellow at its South Asia Center. Indian IT companies have to primarily depend on H-1B and L-1 visas to have Indian IT professionals on site in the US to get their jobs done.

 A delegation of Indian software industry led by NASSCOM president R Chandrasekhar is scheduled to arrive in Washington later this week for a series of meetings with US lawmakers, think tanks and government officials to sensitise them on contribution of H-1B visa to the US economy and global competitiveness of American companies. At the same time, Tewari said that if the Trump administration goes ahead with its plan on H-1B visas, Indian IT companies must be nimble enough to look at other options. 'Today we have the necessary infrastructure in India to scale up the operation,' he said adding that Indian tech industry is in a different world all together than it was 30 years ago, when it was absolutely essential to have onsite person.