Washington. On Friday, the first face-to-face meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden took place. During this, both the leaders discussed many issues including Kovid-19, climate change, trade and Indo-Pacific. Apart from this, PM Modi also raised the issue of H-1B visa. This information was given by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Let us tell you that in recent times, IT professionals in India have faced a lot of difficulties in getting H-1B visa.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Joe Biden, Shringla said, ‘PM Modi raised the issue of H-1B visa. The PM mentioned the fact that many Indian professionals working in the US contribute to social security. The withdrawal of those contributions in the United States is something that affects the number of Indian workers.’
White House released data
According to a data released by the White House, the United States has so far issued a record 62,000 visas to Indian students in 2021. The data also states that around 200,000 Indian students in the US contribute USD 7.7 billion annually to the economy.
What is H-1B Visa?
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that is very popular among Indian IT professionals. This visa is given to American companies to keep foreign employees. Every year 85,000 visas are issued in different categories. A large part of this visa is used by IT service companies of India. This year, former President Donald Trump banned H-1B visas till March 31. But it was later removed by the Biden government.
one hour meeting
Earlier, President Biden welcomed Prime Minister Modi to the Oval Office of the White House, saying that he is starting a new chapter in US-India relations today. Terming Friday’s meeting with Biden as “important”, Modi said they were meeting in the third decade of this century. This meeting lasted for more than an hour.
what did both the leaders say
Modi tweeted after the meeting, terming this meeting with Joe Biden as ‘extraordinary’. He said, ‘We discussed how India and America can increase cooperation in various fields and work together to overcome major challenges like Kovid-19 and climate change.’ The US President told Prime Minister Modi. “I have long believed that the US-India relationship can help us solve many global challenges. I had also said in 2006 that India and America would be the nations with the closest relations in the world. (with agency input)