Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has raised the issue of tightening of the H-1B visa regime with his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin during their meeting in Washington. The Finance minister also highlighted the contribution of Indian companies and professionals to the American economy. This was the second time Jaitley raised the H-1B visa issue with the American side during his visit to the US to attend the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He had also raised the issue with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross earlier.
During their meeting, Jaitley and Mnuchin discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, in addition to the international cooperation against terror financing. The Finance Minister also highlighted the notable progress made in the Indo-US relations over the last few years and India’s ambitious reform agenda which was creating new opportunities towards a deeper economic engagement between the two countries.