The United States has no plans to limit H-1B work visa programs: the State Department

WASINGTON: Donald Trump’s administration has no plans to suspend H-1B work visa for countries that force foreign companies to locally store data, the State Department said on Thursday.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States has indicated to India that it is considering limiting H-1B visa applications for countries that have a request for data storage. The H-1B program issues US visas to qualified foreign workers.
“The Traffic Administration has no plans to set restrictions on H-1B working visas for countries that force foreign companies to locally store data,” a spokeswoman for the State Department said in a statement in response to the Reuters article.
While the administrative “American charter,” an executive urgent call for a broad overview of US workers’ visas programs, including the H-1B program, was not targeted at a particular country, a spokeswoman said.
It is “completely separate from our ongoing talks with India on the importance of ensuring the free flow of data across borders,” a spokeswoman added.
Earlier on Thursday, India said it was negotiating with the United States on visa H-1B, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told a news conference: “We have not heard anything officially from the United States government” on limiting such licenses to the Indians .
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit New Delhi next week for talks that will include areas of disagreement between the two countries on trade.
Two senior officials said on Wednesday that Reuters had been notified last week of a United States plan to limit the number of H-1B visas given annually to between 10 and 15 percent of the total number issued.

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