The Consul General of the US in Chennai has said that the United States continues to process H-1B visas from its missions across the world, including in India, and asserted that there was no change in its policy at this point of time. The clarification came in the footsteps of reports that the Donald Trump administration is planning to curb H-1B visa extensions that could result in self-deportation of nearly 5 lakh to 7.5 lakh Indian Americans.
Said the Consul General, Even if a law is brought in the US Congress on possible restrictions in issuance of visa, there would be a robust and strong debate. The US Consulate in Chennai processes largest number of H-1B visas in the world. There is no change in the law on issuance of H1B visa and we continue to process visas. There might be some laws that are under review, but what I can say is there is no change at this point. The reported curbs on the extension of H-1B visa has not happened yet. Whether there would be any changes, I would be a hypothetical question for me to answer. It has not changed at this point. Even if there is any bill, there will a strong debate on the visa issue and the discussion will be robust. We put out country`s interests first and it is only natural. India and the US have several things in common, we need greater cooperation between the two countries on a slew of sectors.