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H-1B visa rules tightened: US consulate

H-1B visa rules tightened: US consulate
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First Published: Wed, May 13 2009. 04 48 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 13 2009. 04 48 PM IST
Hyderabad: The US Consulate on Wednesday denied any curtailment of H-1B visas to Indians but admitted the level of scrutiny has been scaled up due to Obama administration’s ploicy to absorb native Americans increasingly.
The Hyderabad-based US consulate general Cornelis M. Keur said due to economic slowdown the world over, the US government has taken a decision to tie up its unemployment problem which is 9%.
But, there was no significant change in visa policy. “We continue to issue H-1B visas with little more scrutiny,” Keur said.
He said the US government has framed a policy for the companies to give preference to native Americans in employment.
The Obama administration has taken up a practical approach in establishing relations with the countries while there were efforts in strengthening relations with India because of the “brain borrowing”, he said.
Keur said there are three million Indians in the US who are contributing to its prosperity specially mentioning about the Andhraites who marked their presence in various fields in the US including IT.
Keur said the Hyderabad Consulate, the fourth in the country was established due to the growing trade and development in the state in the IT, biotechnology and pharma sectors.
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First Published: Wed, May 13 2009. 04 48 PM IST