India has no information on US cap on hiring advanced tech workers: MEA

India has no information on US cap on hiring advanced tech workers: MEA

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New Delhi, Jun 20: Amid heightened tension between India and the US on trades and the Trump administration reportedly imposed caps to hire advanced tech workers, the Indian government on Thursday said it has "not heard anything officially" on this.
"We have not heard anything officially from the US government. We continue to reiterate and engage with the US government on this matter," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters while briefing the media on the US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo's US visit beginning June 25.
According to media reports, the US has told India that it is considering caps on H-1B visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally.
Indian government had in 2018 mandated payment firms to store customer data exclusively in the country without creating mirror sites overseas.
Some American firms are opposed to this.
Market experts and observers feel if the US administration made it more difficult to hire advanced tech workers, it could weaken the American companies only as many of them such as Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc depend on Indians to help fill their skill gaps
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had asked payment firms to ensure their data are stored exclusively on local servers, setting a tight six-month deadline for compliance.
Reports also claim that Nasscom - which represents Indian IT majors like TCS, Infosys, and Wipro as well as smaller tech firms - noted that there is no official confirmation yet on the development from the US government on the matter and that it is awaiting clarity from official channels.
India had earlier repeatedly raised the issue of H-1B and L1 visas with the US administration.
The US Secretary of State Mr Pompeo will arrive in India on a three-day crucial visit starting June 25, MEA spokesman said. (UNI)