India Files Complaint over H-1B Visa Rejections

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 29 March 2012, 10:22 Hrs   |    10 Comments
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Bangalore: Rejection of H-1B visas to Indian tech pros has been rising over the last few years, which has compelled India to file a complaint against this injustice.

Anand Sharma, commerce and industry minister expresses his concerns over the issue and says that U.S is making it really difficult for foreign tech pros to get work visas in the country. He told that he discussed the matter with John Bryson U.S. Commerce secretary, during bilateral talks in New Delhi

"There have been concerns over the high rate of rejections," said Sharma, reports Times of India. "We had a very frank discussion, including some of the issues on which the U.S. has concerns."

"It's clear that if American and Indian businesses work together, we can build India's infrastructure in a way that bring inclusive growth, greater prosperity, and job creation in both countries," said Bryson.

Earlier, the Indian industry as well as the IT companies based in U.S., who employ people from India, has raised voice against the injustice done to Indians, but the U.S. authorities denied it. This problem was raised previous year at the CII meetings held at the White House, U.S. state department and on the Capitol Hill, which is home to the U.S. federal legislature.

Rate of visa rejection for India till 2008 was 2.8 percent, which was the same as those of countries such as China, Japan and Germany. In the year 2009, when Obama took charge as the president the rates changed and the previous year it shot up to 22.5 percent. Rejection rate of other countries also rose, but it stayed within 4.1 percent-5.9 percent range.


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