India raises visa & outsourcing issues with US

Written by: Nitsi
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Nirupama Rao
Washington, Sep 18: Concerned over outsourcing and hike in H-1B visa fees, the Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has raised the issues to the US administration on Saturday, Sep 18.

She is in Washington to prepare ground for US President Barack Obama"s visit to India in Nov 2010.

“I was able to convey to them that the issue was of serious concern to our industry and essentially was perceived as a rise in protectionist sentiment in the US and we needed to address these issues," she told to sources.

The outsourcing ban and the Visa fee hike issues are likely to figure out in detail when Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma meets US Trade Representative Ron Kirk on Sept 23.

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