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 that the United States had told India it was considering restricting H-1B visas for countries that force foreign companies to store data locally. The H1-B programme issues U.S. 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 said.
While the administration’s “Buy American Hire American Executive Order” calls for a broad review of U.S. worker visa programs, including the H-1B programme, it was not targeted at a specific country, she said. It is “completely separate from our ongoing discussions with India about the importance of ensuring the free flow of data across borders,”
U.S. Secretary is scheduled to visit New Delhi next week for talks that will include areas of disagreement between the two countries over trade.
Two senior Indian officials told that they had been briefed last week on a U.S. plan to cap the number of H-1B visas given annually to Indians at between 10% and 15% of the total number issued.
There is no country-specific limit on the 85,000 H-1B work visas the United States issues every year, and an estimated 70% of them go to Indians.