External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday raised the H1B visa issue as a “strong concern” during a meeting with a visiting US Congressional delegation and sought bipartisan support for it.
The nine-member US Congressional delegation from the House committee on science, space and technology is led by its chairman Lamar Smith.
“Swaraj flagged the issue of H1B visa as a strong concern and sought bipartisan Congressional support for the same,” he said in a series of tweets.
During his recent visit to the US, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also raised the issue during his meetings, and had said “those coming from India on H-1B visas are high value professionals, who contribute immensely to the US economy. They are not illegal economic immigrants, about whom there is concerns in the US. They come here legally.”
The US must decide appropriately while taking a decision on its visa policy, he had asserted.
During the meeting, Swaraj also welcomed the strong desire of the delegation to strengthen cooperation in strategic, economic, science and technology and space sectors. She lauded the positive role of the US Congress in developing India-US strategic relations.