Minister Arun Jaitley has raised the H-1B visa
issue with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross,
highlighting the important role played by highly skilled Indian professionals
in America, according to officials accompanying the minister.
During the meeting in Washington on April 20 - the first cabinet-level
interaction between the two countries under the Trump administration - Ross is
believed to have said that US has started the process of reviewing H1B visas
issues and no decision has been taken on it yet, the officials said
.Taking up the case of Indian IT companies and
professionals, Jaitley told Ross about the contribution of highly skilled
Indians in the economic development of the United States and India and stressed
that they should continue to do so, which is in the best interest of the two
Ross is understood to have said that whatever the outcome of the review
process, the Trump administration's objective is to have a merit-based
immigration policy that gives preference to highly skilled professionals.
The executive order signed by Trump early this week calls for a review of H-1B
visas by the departments of State, Labour, Homeland Security and Justice.
Jaitley, leading an Indian delegation, arrived in Washington DC April 20 to
attend the annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the
Over the next two days, the finance minister is scheduled to hold a series of
bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the US, Australia, France, Indonesia
and Sweden. He is also likely to meet finance ministers from neighbouring
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Stressing that India-US relationship has bipartisan support in both the
countries, the Finance Minister in his meeting with the commerce secretary said
the two largest democratic countries of the world over the years have developed
strong strategic, economic and defence