No re­stric­tions on H-1B visa, claims US of­fi­cial

Millennium Post - - BUSINESS -

NEW DELHI: A se­nior US of­fi­cial on Thurs­day sought to al­lay In­dia's con­cerns on the H-1B visa pro­gramme, which is be­ing "re­viewed" by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing there are no "re­stric­tions" in place.

The of­fi­cial said around 70 per cent of the visas is­sued un­der the H-1B cat­e­gory over the past nine months have gone to In­di­ans and that a record 1.2 mil­lion visas of In­di­ans were ad­ju­di­cated by the US last year.

The year-over-year in­crease in terms of is­suance of H-1B visas and L1 visas (work per­mit) to In­di­ans is six per cent each, the of­fi­cial said.

"The Pres­i­dent (Don­ald Trump) spoke about re­view. There are no re­stric­tions but it (H-1B) is un­der re­view," he said, adding the is­sue was not on the agenda for the up­com­ing Indo- US bi­lat­eral di­a­logue on con­sular re­la­tions, but it may come up in the course of the talks. The is­sue of the re­peal­ing of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Chil­dren Ar­rival (DACA) pro­gramme, which has hit more than 7,000 In­dian-amer­i­cans, may also fig­ure in the talks sched­uled to be held on Septem­ber 27 in Wash­ing­ton. Trump had signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der in April for tight­en­ing the rules of the H-1B visa pro­gramme to stop "visa abuses". The DACA amnesty pro­gramme granted work per­mits to im­mi­grants who ar­rived in the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren.

The of­fi­cial also said the US pro­cessed around 88,000 stu­dent visa ap­pli­ca­tions last year, which is an in­crease of 15 per cent over 2015. Cur­rently, there are around 1.6 lakh In­dian stu­dents in the US, which is the sec­ond high­est num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, af­ter China. NEW DELHI: Tech gi­ant Google is slated to un­veil a dig­i­tal pay­ment ser­vice in In­dia next week that has been de­vel­oped for the lo­cal mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources.

In July, Na­tional Pay­ments Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia (NPCI) had said Google had com­pleted the test­ing of its UPI pay­ment ser­vice and was await­ing Re­serve Bank of In­dia's ap­proval to launch its ser­vice in the coun­try.

Google on Thurs­day sent out in­vites for an event to be held on Septem­ber 18 to "share de­tails on the launch of a new prod­uct de­vel­oped grounds up for In­dia". Google VP (Next Bil­lion Users) Caeser Sen­gupta will also be present at the event.

When con­tacted, Google re­sponded with a gif – a cat typ­ing re­ally fast on an Ap­ple lap­top with a cap­tion "Be­cause fast is bet­ter than slow. See you Mon­day".

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