On June 23, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Indian professionals in the US on an H-1B Visa can renew it without traveling abroad.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC, PM Modi said that this decision will be of great help to the Indian IT professionals in the US. The Prime Minister also announced to the cheering crowd, the plans to open new Indian consulates in the country - including one in Seattle. Further into the event, he stated that the US will also open new consulates in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC
Highlighting the relationship between India and the United States PM Modi said, “The two countries together are not just forming policies and agreement, but are shaping lives, dreams, and destinies.”
The US government also stated that they will introduce an “In-Country” renewable US H1-B Visa, as part of the people-to-people initiative to smoothen the process of renewing H1-B Visas for several Indians working in the United States.
The leaders welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Department of State that it would launch a pilot to adjudicate domestic renewals of certain petition-based temporary work visas later this year, including for Indian nationals, with the intent to implement this for an expanded pool of H1B and L visa holders in 2024 and eventually broadening the program to include other eligible categories,” the India-US joint statement said.
The leaders supported that the movement of professional and skilled workers, investors, business travelers, and students between the two countries will contribute immensely to enhancing bilateral economic and technological partnership. The leaders noted in the joint statement that, “The pressing need to further expedite this process. The leaders also directed officials to identify additional mechanisms to facilitate travel for business, tourism, and professional and technical exchanges between the two countries.”
Overwhelmed with the presence of the massive Indian diaspora, PM Modi said, “In a way, you have charted out the full map of India in this hall. I can see people from all corners of India here. It seems that a mini India has turned up.”
“In these 3 days, a new and glorious journey of India and US relations has begun. This new journey is of our convergence on global strategic issues, of our cooperation for Make in India Make for the World. Be it technology transfer and manufacturing cooperation or increasing coordination in the industrial supply chain, both nations are taking strong steps toward a better future,” he said.
The decision of General Electric Company to manufacture fighter planes in India will prove to be a milestone for India’s defence sector. The Defence industrial cooperation roadmap will deepen the partnership between the two nations,” he added.
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“During my visit, companies like Google Micron, Applied Materials, and others have announced to make huge investments in India. All these announcements will help to create employment in India. The Artemis Accord signed between India and the US will provide several opportunities in space research. With NASA, India will send astronauts to space. That is why I said ‘Sky Is Not The Limit'” said PM Modi.
“The USD 400 million investment for semiconductor equipment in India by Applied Materials will help build a semiconductor product ecosystem in India. Google is also going to open its Global Fintech Center in India. Boeing has also announced USD 100 billion investment in India,” he added.
“I want to thank you all for showing such a beautiful image of ‘Ek Bharat, Sreshth Bharat’, in America. The amount of love I am getting in the US is wonderful, all credit goes to the people of this country. President Biden and I had a lot of discussions in the last 3 days. I can say that he is an experienced politician. He has always tried to take the India-US partnership to another level,” he concluded.
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