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Hugs not good enough for US visas, tweets Rahul Gandhi in jibe at PM Modi

Trump administration is planning to end work permits for the spouses of H1-B visa holders.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2018 22:15 IST
Press Trust of India
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
         

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described the proposed US visa rules as a “huge setback” for India, and in a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there were “some things a hug can buy”, but for visas “you’re on your own”.

Gandhi’s remarks come amid Trump administration’s plan to propose ending work permits for the spouses of H1-B visa holders to work in the US, a move that could have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of Indians.

“New US Visa Rules, huge setback for India...,” the Congress president said on Twitter.

“Foreign Policy by Narendra Modi, Foreword by Donald Trump,” Gandhi said mocking the government’s diplomacy.

Gandhi has earlier also attacked the prime minister over what he termed ‘hugplomacy’ after Pakistan released 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.

The Trump administration’s move to end the Obama-era rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits.

H-4 is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. They had obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 21:35 IST

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