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India, US aim for calamity relief cooperation

Regarding the legislation on H-1B visa pending in the US Congress, Bond said over 70 per cent of the H1-B visas go to Indians.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 24, 2016 12:38 am

India and the US are exploring ways to cooperate at the consular level during natural disasters so that the two countries can help each other in providing information about their citizens.

“We want to be prepared to respond in a well-coordinated and well-planned way. Any kind of crisis where multiple governments need to be informed about… where people need information and their family members are frantically trying to find out where they are,” said Michele Bond, US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, who is visiting India for the annual Consular Dialogue.

Regarding the legislation on H-1B visa pending in the US Congress, Bond said over 70 per cent of the H1-B visas go to Indians.

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