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No reduction in H-1B visas to India, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Type of people selected will change but numbers will not be cut, says Nirmala Sitharaman

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Nirmala Sitharaman
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with media on the key initiatives and achievements of the ministry during three years in government in New Delhi

In a bid to ease apprehensions of the IT industry over the H-1B visas, on Saturday said that will get the same number of visas, though only the category of people to whom these are awarded may undergo a change.

"Whatever number of we get, that number is same. The type of people selected will change but the numbers will not be cut," Sitharaman said at a briefing on three years of initiatives and achievements of the

"Only in place of lottery system, there will be some other system to give visas. But, there will be no cut in numbers," she added.

The minister said that with the change in system of giving out visas, only the category of people will undergo a change with an increase in the "high-end workers".

She said that the IT industry is ready to address the issue and there is no need to panic as the fear was more out of the uncertainty on the number of visas gettting affected.

"Even National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) is saying that the impact will not be much. There is no need for apprehension and panic. After going through the details we have found that there will be no change in the number of visas," she added.

First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 20:01 IST