Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his very first in-person meeting with President Joe Biden, raised a number of issues involving the Indian community in America, including access for Indian professionals to the United States and speaking about H visas -1B, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.
Prime Minister Modi called his first bilateral meeting in the Oval Office with US President Joe Biden “exceptional”, who said Indo-American relations were destined to be “stronger, closer and closer”.
The Prime Minister and his counterparts – Australian Scott Morrison and Japanese Yoshihide Suga – also attended the Quad leaders’ meeting hosted by US President Biden in the US capital on Friday.
“He (Modi) raised the issue of access for Indian professionals to the United States. In this context, he mentioned the H-1B visa, ”Shringla told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
The most sought-after H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in skilled occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise. Tech companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees every year in countries like India and China.
“He also referred to the fact that many Indian professionals who work here contribute to social security. The return of these contributions to the United States is something that affects the number of Indian workers, ”said Shringla.
A fact sheet released by the White House later said that the United States was proud to have issued a record 62,000 visas to Indian students so far in 2021. The nearly 200,000 Indian students in the United States United States contributes $ 7.7 billion annually to the US economy.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright program around the world, the program has brought Americans and Indians together for 71 years since its launch in India.
“In 2008, we welcomed India’s decision to jointly fund these scholarships with the United States and renamed the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship Program. Over 20,000 scholarships and grants have been awarded under this exchange program, and the United States looks forward to building on these successes, ”he said.
“The Partnership 2020 program continues to foster cooperation in higher education to promote economic growth and technological advancements. In collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, this program funds 15 research partnerships between American and Indian universities in the fields of advanced engineering, artificial intelligence, public health and energy, among others, ”said the White House.
According to the White House, the upcoming launch of the U.S.-India Alliance for the Economic Empowerment of Women, a public-private partnership between the State Department, USAID, the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and the George Washington University, will help catalyze collaboration. advancing economic resilience and women’s empowerment in India.
The US-funded Nexus Startup and Innovation Center showcases the best of American and Indian entrepreneurial innovation and technology commercialization. Nexus serves as a hub for entrepreneurs, innovators, academics, industry players and funding bodies interested in promoting Indian startups and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, ”he said.
Since 2016, Nexus’ 138 graduates have raised more than $ 19 million in outside funding and made more than 70 deals with many leading Indian and American companies, he said.
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works closely with its Indian counterparts in areas such as ocean and fisheries science, meteorology and Earth observation, which helps us better understand climate change and save human life. lives through better weather modeling and information sharing, ”the White House said. .
The United States Department of Agriculture is pleased to cooperate with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research on climate change issues related to agriculture through strategic research on crops, livestock and fisheries, has t -he declares.
USAID looks forward to working with the Indian government to establish the US-Indian Gandhi-King Development Foundation to promote initiatives and exchanges that honor the two visionary leaders, he added.