- US government will not change the rules
- No announcement from the government until now
- It is likely to stay the same for a while
H-1B Visa System To Stay The Same: US Gov
A lot has been going on in the past few weeks after a news was published that the US government is trying to change rules of the H-1B visa system. Some said that the salary threshold will be increased, while some said that there will be some employee restrictions. But now the American government says that nothing about the H-1B visa system will change.
Thomas Vajda, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for State for South Asia, confirmed that there is no change in the H-1B visa system. The legislation hasn’t passed any such rule until now in the particular visa category. He said that US President Donald Trump has only asked to review the visa system, but no steps are taken towards changing it. Currently, the system is just like it was earlier. He disclosed the details during an interactive sessions with Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry members.
Suresh Prabhu, India’s Commerce Minister, said that the Indian government has strongly raised the issue of H-1B and L-1 visa in Washington. When President Trump took office in January 2017, his government announced that it will make stricter rules for H-1B and L-1 visa. India and the US has always maintained good ties and Suresh Prabhu wanted the US government to know that.
Energy as a potential economy helper
During the interactive session, Vajda said that the US sees energy as a favorable area for increasing economic activities. The US wants to export energy to India and help in India’s economic development. The Westinghouse Electric Company and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India will soon be signing an agreement for building six nuclear reactors in India.
The US is also providing humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to support the Rohingya muslim refugees. Since August 2017, around 600,000 Rohingya muslims have entered in Bangladesh from Myanmar.