Obama Assures Modi on Concerns Over H-1B Visa Issue

President Obama has assured PM Modi that he will look into India\'s concerns on the H-1B visa issue as part of his comprehensive immigration reform, US officials said today.

Published: 26th January 2015 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2015 07:58 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: President Barack Obama has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will look into India's concerns on the H-1B visa issue as part of his comprehensive immigration reform, US officials said today.   

Obama told Prime Minister Modi that his administration would be in touch with the Indian government on issues related to H-1B visas, popular among Indian techies.

"I think what the President indicated is this is the type of issue (H-1B) that we have approached through the context of comprehensive immigration reform and so, given his ongoing efforts to work with Congress in pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform, we would be incorporating these types of issues in that process and would be in touch with the Indian government as that moved forward," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told US reporters travelling with Obama.            

Responding to a question on the bilateral talks held between the two leaders yesterday, Rhodes acknowledged that India's concerns over certain aspects of the immigration reform were raised at the highest level.           

"They (Modi and Obama) discussed the ongoing discussions around immigration reform in the United States where there are so many Indian-American and Indian immigrants," he said.        

"The Indian government raised the issue, as they regularly do. It usually does include the H-1B visa issue. Indians are working in the high-tech sector in the United States, as well as broader India presence in the United States, people who are there on a temporary basis working," Rhodes said.     

In November last year, President Obama had bypassed the Congress to announce the most sweeping reform to fix America's "broken" immigration system to protect millions of illegal workers from deportation.            

The plan would let parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents remain in the country temporarily, without the threat of deportation. The measure would apply to those who have been in the US for last five years.         

The executive action, said to be one of the largest measure by a US President on immigration, is expected to help a significant number of Indian techies who currently have to undergo a painful and agonising process of H-1B visas to get legal permanent status (LPR), popularly known as Green Card.  

Obama Speech:

  • US Trade and Investment Development Agency to provide USD 2 billion for renewable energy project

  • Exim Bank of US to commit USD 1 billion for project financing

  • Modi and I for more transparent business environment

  • Proud to announce Public Private Partnership to directly invest in India's future

  • Want more trade between India and US

  • We can work together to develop new technologies to help India grow

  • We have to keep working to make business between India and US easier

  • We have agreed to resume dialogue on bilateral investment treaty

  • 560 Billion USD trade per year with China. 100 Billion USD with India. We have to do better.

  • Wonderful Business Talent Exists in India

  • We've taken big steps forward in civil nuclear deal, defence

  • 2% of all American imports come from India. 1% of exports to go India. 

  • Great interest on part of US companies to find consistency, clarity, greater simplicity in regulatory and tax environment in India: Obama.

  • India's exports to US are also increasing. That means more jobs in India. 

  • We can grow and prosper together, and can establish global norms on how business can be done: Obama

  • Trade between India, US has increased by 60 percent and is at a record high now

  • In a globalized world, the fortunes of US and India are inextricably linked.

  • Our two business communities have been some of the strongest champions for a closer relationship

  • I thought the PM might be tired of me by now, but what's another speech between friends..."
  • Obama thanks Modi for inviting him on R-day and wonderful hospitality; Surprised to see acrobats on bike
  • Today's ceremonies and parade were a moving tribute to India's democracy
  • US President Barack Obama addresses the CEO summit


Modi Speech:

  • In our relationship, I see a greater chance for a world united in shared pursuits: PM Modi
  • Prosperity is no guarantee for peace; India sees world as one family: PM
  • There is a need for consistency in polices for economic growth: Modi at CEOs meet.
  • Aims to be in top 50 nations in ease of doing business, says Modi.

  • You will find environment that is open and welcoming; we will guide and walk with you; you will find a climate that encourages investment and rewards enterprises: Modi.

  • We have worked tirelessly in last 8 months to increase economic growth and transform lives of people: Modi at Indo-US Business Summit.
  • Modi promises a predictable tax regime.
  • PMO will monitor all big projects: Modi
  • Will monitor big projects myself: Modi
  • I want to increase India's skill, scale and speed :Modi
  • India is full of potential, talent and scope. Only skill development will not produce results, Says PM Modi.
  • Need to improve economy to boost purchasing power in India, Says PM Modi
  • Can’t be on individual whim, need consistency in policy , Says PM Modi
  • My mission in agriculture is per drop, more crop, says PM Modi
  • I am confident we will bring positive outcomes from our ease of Business initiative: PM Modi
  • The state must be policy driven says PM Modi
  • Government has taken initiative for ease of doing business says PM Modi.
  •  Service and tourism sectors have a lot of potential in India says PM Modi
  • PM Narendra Modi addresses India-US CEO Forum Meet
  • Click Here for Full Speech of Prime Minister at the India-U.S. Business Summit 



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