Hyderabad, May 15: Cornelis M Keur, the US Consul-General for Hyderabad said that H-1B visas for Indian will not be slashed. He added that though US administration had made it very clear that companies should give preference to Americans in employment, as the jobless rate had risen to 9 pc amid recession, no significant change is made in the H-1B visa policy.
Keur said that raising the cap on H-1B visas would help promote economic growth by bringing in extraordinary and boosting competitiveness. However, the slowdown had meant that companies receiving funds under the US Government"s bailout package would have difficulty hiring H1B workers.
"There are three million Indians in United States who are contributing to its prosperity," Keur said. When asked about the rise in number of attack on Indians, Keur said that nationals from other countries too face such problems and that the US administration was taking steps to curb the menace.