The Biden administration is going to introduce some facilities for Indian citizens. To work in the US to make it easier for skilled people to enter and stay there.
According to Reuters, the US State Department is likely to make an announcement on Monday. After which some Indian citizens and foreign workers on H1B visas will be able to renew their visas while in the US.
According to the sources, this programme can be further expanded in the coming years.
It should be noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the US on a four-day visit. Where Modi will also address a joint session of the Congress.
Indian citizens have benefited the most from the H1B visa programme for the US. Of the 442,000 workers who came on this visa during the fiscal year 2022, 73 percent were Indian citizens.
A U.S. State Department spokesman declined to comment on a start date for the pilot programme. But said it would initially apply to a small number of cases and expand the programme. Over the next year or two.
More changes are expected until the plan is finalised.
According to the spokesman, the facility to renew visas for temporary foreign workers. While in the United States will also reduce the work pressure on the American consulates established in different countries.
Each year, the US government provides 65,000 HB visas to companies looking for skilled workers. And with an additional 20,000 visas for workers with advanced degrees.
Initially, this visa is issued for three years, which can be renewed for the next three years.
According to US government data, companies that have benefited the most from H1B visas in recent years. Include Indian companies Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, as well as American companies Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta.
A pilot program likely to be introduced by the United States will also include the L-One visa. Under which a company operating in another country will be able to easily transfer its personnel to the United States.
Another source said steps have also been taken to speed up processing of visa applications lodged at the US Embassy and Consulate in India.
The Indian government has been expressing concern over difficulties in obtaining US visas for citizens. Particularly those from the technology industry.
The Biden administration has been working for months to facilitate visa issuance for Indian nationals.
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