Would spare no effort to persuade US: Swaraj on work permits for H-1B spouses

NEW DELHI: Amid the US plan to scrap a rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said the Government would make all efforts to persuade the Trump administration against such a move.

             The Trump administration is planning to end the Obama-era rule under which spouses of H1-B visa holders are given work permit or H-4 visa, a move that could affect more than 70,000 such visa holders. A significantly large number of  these H-4 visa holders are high-skilled professionals from India.

             Addressing her annual press conference here, Swaraj, when asked about the US plan, said it was true that President Donald Trump was reviewing the H-4 visa programme and there were reports of its possible revocation.

             “This is not just for H-4, I am also talking of H1-B visa as well. We are making a three-pronged effort to save these visas. We are talking to the White House, we are talking to state adminstration, and we are also talking to Congressmen and Senators,” Swaraj said. (AGENCIES)