Trump-Modi initiates diplomatic talks on H1-B visas, Pak terror, and the South China Sea
By MEHER ONISA : 08-Feb-2017
WASHINGTON, DC: The diplomatic phone call between the US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lead to the exchange of concrete notes on a variety of issues that includes the South China Sea, H1B Visas etc.
Simultaneously, the diplomats had deeply discussed the regional security situation around South-Central Asia and the cross-border terrorist groups. Both had committed to stand shoulder to shoulder in the universal protest against terrorism.
Our country is the largest beneficiary of the H1B visa program, especially for skilled professionals. The program holds issuance of over 65 to 70 percent of similar visas by the US consulate world over.
The crucial subject of H1B visa grant was even raised by India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during his high-profile meeting with Trump’s advisors Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich in New York.
Recently, Vikas Swarup, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson had made the statement: “Look, first of all, let us be very clear, no executive order has been signed so far. All that has happened is three private bills have been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Such bills have been introduced in the past also and such bills have to go through the full Congressional process. If and when an Executive Order is passed, we will certainly give our reaction.”
These references were pertaining to the bills on immigration reform known as the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 which was formulated by Zoe Lofgren, the Democratic Congresswoman of the Unites States. However, Modi and Trump are likely to meet perpendicularly at the G-20 summit in Germany in July where they could extend their conversations and negotiations in the forward direction.