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Talking to U.S. on visa curbs: Sushma says in Rajya Sabha

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There have been no job losses yet and no policy has yet come in U.S., says the External Affairs Minister.

New Delhi The government on Thursday sought to allay the fears among Indian IT professionals, saying the US administration has not implemented any policy yet to curb jobs and efforts were underway to dissuade it from doing so.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in the Rajya Sabha meeting that the government of Indian is speaking to the Trump government as well as the US Congressmen, giving proper data and reasoning to press home the point that the relationship between Indian IT companies with the US is mutually-beneficial.

“I do agree that there is an atmosphere of uncertainty and there is a fear of job losses,” she said while responding to concerns expressed by the members over the move by the Trump government to curb H1B visas that will adversely impact Indian IT professionals.
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“There is no policy announced by them (US administration) yet. There are four bills that have come up in the (US) Congress on visa restrictions but no bill has been passed yet.

We are talking to the US administration and Congressmen,” Ms. Swaraj said.

She went on to add, “there have been no job losses yet and no policy has yet come in the US. 13 bills has come up in Parliament that includes 6 bills on outsourcing, 4 bills on visa and 3 bills on immigration.”

She said the Foreign Secretary accompanied by Commerce Secretary paid a visit to the US from February 28 to March 3 and conducted meetings with Cabinet Ministers and senior functionaries of the new US Administration as well as with the Congressional leadership.
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