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Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma expressed India’s dissatisfaction with the proposed reforms bill during his recent visit to the United States.
Sharma sent a written response to the Upper House of the Indian Parliament saying he has conveyed to US officials that the temporary movement of skilled professionals should not be equated with immigration.
The proposed bill seeks several changes including higher visa costs and companies with more than 50 per cent of their workforce made up of H-1B visa holders will be banned from bringing in any additional workers from 2016.
The bill has already been passed by the US Senate but is pending before Congress which is currently in a five week recess.
In meetings with the US trade representative and the commerce secretary, Sharma “expressed India’s strong concerns over the proposed US Immigration Reforms Bill and its adverse impact on the Indian IT industry”.
Once passed by the House of Representatives, the bill will be signed into law by US President Barack Obama.
The US Senate recently criticised the ‘localisation drive’ under which India has stressed on technology transfer and local sourcing in return for access to its growing markets.