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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 5:37 PM

Arun Jaitley raises visa issue with the United States

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaking on the Goods and Services Tax issues during the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit in Gandhinagar, India in January. — Reuters

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaking on the Goods and Services Tax issues during the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit in Gandhinagar, India in January. — Reuters

MUMBAI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discussed the issue of an executive order on high-skilled visas that affects the country's US$150bil (RM659.7bil) information technology sector with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington on April 20.

Jaitley expressed hope that the Trump administration would take into account the contributions of Indian professionals in the United States before taking any decision, India's finance ministry said in a statement on April 21.

US President Donald Trump on April 18 ordered a review of the US visa programme for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, a move that affects India's software services exporters who use the programme to fly engineers and developers to service clients. — Reuters

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