India expresses concern over potential U.S. visa rate increase

Officials in India recently raised concern about a potential increase in fees for U.S. visas.

According to the Economic Times of India, the issue was raised during U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's trip to the country with more than 20 other prominent members of the American business community.

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said he was concerned that such increases to U.S. visa fees could adversely affect the Indian information technology (IT) industry.

"We hope that there will not be any measures which negatively impact on the movement of professionals between the two countries, particularly, our IT professionals in the U.S.," Sharma told a gathering of reporters.

The news source reports that the U.S. will increase the visa fees for H-1B and L-1 visas, which are reportedly popular among Indian IT professionals attempting to find work in America.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, H-1B visas are for those who want to "perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability."

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