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Experts discuss India-US trade ties ahead of G20 meeting

Updated : June 21, 2019 11:12 PM IST

The Trump administration has no plans to cap H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, the State Department said.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States had told India it was considering restricting the H-1B visa programmes for countries with the data storage requirement. The H-1B programme issues US visas to skilled foreign workers.

"The Trump administration has no plans to place caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally," a State Department spokeswoman said in a statement in response to the Reuters article.

While an administration's "Buy American Hire American" executive order calls for a broad review of US worker visa programmes, including the H-1B program, it was not targeted at a specific country, the spokeswoman said.

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Anjali Prasad, former ambassador to WTO; Pradeep Chauhan, director at National Maritime Foundation; Vishnu Prakash, former ambassador to Canada; Meera Shankar, former ambassador to the US discussed the Indo-US trade ties.
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