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Relax visa norms for Indian professionals: India to US

world Updated: Mar 19, 2010 09:14 IST
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India has strongly taken up the difficulties faced by its companies and American MNCs in getting a US visa for Indian professionals with the Obama Administration and asked to make sure that the issue does not hinder the fast growing trade and commerce ties between the two countries.

Concluding his three-day trip to Washington, Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma, said that he effectively raised the visa issue with top Obama Administration officials, in particular those being given to Indian professionals; who are in a very high demand in the US.

"I have the issue of visas, particularly for the professionals. Given the fact that a large number of Indian entities are engaged here generating employment and creating wealth," Sharma said.

Noting that there has been significant agreements between Indian and the US cooperate entities, he said recently Bharati group has given $2.5 billion contract to the IBM.

"We have Indian professionals visit the countries, or go to work in other countries in the USA or for that matter other parts of Europe.

Arguing that the impression that Indian professionals eat into the jobs of the Americans was "not correct", he said "in India, we have large number of multinationals which have their R&D hubs in India. More than 130 of the Fortune 500 countries have already established their bases in India. So it is mutually rewarded."