US urged to do something tangible on visa issue

PTI Washington | Updated on March 18, 2011 Published on March 18, 2011

Mr Rahul Khullar.

India has asked the United States to address its concerns with regard to the H-1B and L1 visas.

“We have made it amply clear that they have to do something tangible now, because it can’t carry on in terms of assurances. If this doesn’t get done then this problem will fester,” the Commerce Secretary, Mr Rahul Khullar, said after meeting top US officials here on Thursday.

The US delegation was led by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Mr Francisco J. Sanchez.

So far, India has been given assurances by the US that they would do something, but nothing has been done so far, Mr Khullar said after the launch of the first India-US Commercial Dialogue in Washington here.

The Indian Chief Secretary also strongly conveyed to the US authorities the sentiments of the Indian businesses that are finding it tough to get L1 and H-1B category visas.

Mr Khullar also met Mr Michael Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor, Mr Robert Hormatz, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; and the Deputy US Trade Representative, Mr Demetrios Marantis.

Besides, H-1B and L1 visas, the Indian delegation headed by Mr Khullar, which arrived in New York on March 15, also talked about anti-dumping issues.

The Indian Ambassador to the US, Ms Meera Shankar, said the trade and economic relationship between India and the US, have been growing substantially.

During the calendar year 2010, the two-way trade touched $48.75 billion, much higher than the previous record of $43 billion in 2008.

Mr Khullar said the purpose of the dialogue was to further cement the strategic alliance and partnership from the commercial perspective.

The second leg of the commercial dialogue between the two countries would take place in India this year.

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Published on March 18, 2011
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