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US consulate denies H1B visa curtailment for Indians

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The US Consulate today denied any curtailment of H1B visas to Indians.

US Consulate General, Hyderabad, Cornelis M Keur addressing media persons at the 'meet the press' programme organised by Press Club Hyderabad said that due to economic slowdown the world over, the US government has taken a decision to tie up its unemployment problem which is nine per cent. But, there was no significant change in visa policy. "We continue to issue H1B visas with little more scrutiny," Keur said.

He said that, at the same time, the US government has framed a policy for the companies to give preference to native Americans in employment.

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 3 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.

First Published: Wed, May 13 2009. 15:45 IST