UNGA: Sushma raises H-1B visa issue with Rex Tillerson
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the UNGA.
This was the highest level meeting between the two countries after PM Modi and President Trump met in June.
Sushma meets US Secretary of State Tillerson
Tillerson lauds India's efforts in Afghanistan
During the Sushma-Tillerson meeting, "the Secretary thanked the Minister for India's contributions to stability and development in Afghanistan and the region," and asked for more help from India in Afghanistan, where he is modifying US policy. They also discussed alleged proliferated terrorism in Pakistan.
Sushma raises the issue of H-1B visas
Sushma raised the issue of H-1B visas with Tillerson. H-1B visas allow US companies to employ skilled workers from abroad.
Trump had earlier said that he would restrict H-1B visas to keep in line with the policy of Americans first.
However, no changes have been made until now as this year; 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 for those with advanced degrees have been kept.
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Sushma also discusses the fate of "Dreamers"
About 7,000 Indians are covered under the DACA, a presidential order by President Barack Obama.
Trump wants the Congress to legislate a law regarding this. If a law is not made until DACA's expiration, he would reportedly consider the renewal.
What are the other aspects discussed at the meeting?
Apart from discussing issues related to terrorism and Indian-Americans, the two also reviewed the trade and investment relations.
They also looked forward to convening a 2+2 dialogue with Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Defense Secretary James Mattis.
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