US visa suspension order likely to affect Indian professionals: MEA

Team India Sentinels Thursday 25th of June 2020 09:27 PM

New Delhi: India on Thursday expressed apprehension that the temporary suspension ordered on entry of certain categories of non-immigrant visa holders till December-end by the US would affect the movement of Indian skilled professionals who avail of these visa programmes to work lawfully in the US.

“We are assessing the impact of the order on Indian nationals and industry in consultation with stakeholders,'' Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a virtual media briefing.

“We have seen the Proclamation issued by President Trump on June 22 temporarily suspending entry of certain categories of non-immigrant visa-holders and their family members till December 31, 2020,'' he said.

The spokesperson said that people-to-people linkages and trade and economic cooperation, especially in technology and innovation sectors, are an important dimension of the U.S.-India partnership.

“High-skilled Indian professionals bring important skill sets, bridge technological gaps and impart a competitive edge to the US economy. They have also been a critical component of the workforce that is at the forefront of providing Covid-19 related assistance in key sectors, including health, information technology and financial services,'' the MEA spokesperson said.

He said the US has always welcomed talent and we hope our professionals will continue to be welcomed in USA in the future.


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