Indian information technology (IT) companies operating in the US are generating jobs and not stealing jobs of the Americans, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.
“We are not just talking with the US authorities (on H-1B visas), we are talking with logic and concrete statistics,” Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.
“We have told them that it is not true that Indians are stealing their jobs. On the contrary, Indian companies in US are generating employment for the Americans. So far, Indian companies have given direct employment to 1.56 lakh Americans and supportive jobs to 4.11 lakh Americans,” she said.
She added that between 2011 and 2015, the Indian companies have made an investment of $2 billion, paid taxes worth $20 billion and Indian workers have contributed $7 billion in social security schemes (in the US).
Swaraj assured Indians that the government was in talks with the US administration to ensure that Indians living there are not at loss due to the new H-1B policy.
“We are in talks with the US administration and Congressmen. No one has lost jobs till now. No policy has been announced till now,” she said.
Swaraj had earlier said there was no reason to worry about the curbs on H-1B visas or job security of Indian IT professionals in the US.
“Currently, there are four bills in the US Congress about curbs on H-1B visas. We are engaged (in a dialogue) with the US at very high level regarding this... We are making all efforts (through diplomatic channels) to ensure these bills are not passed,” she said. “So there is no reason to worry about it as of now,” she added.
She also said the visa facility extended to spouses of Indian professionals has not been withdrawn by the US so far.