US Responds To India’s Discriminatory Visa Fee Charge


WASHINGTON:  The US has told India it is bound by legislation on the recent visa fee hike – which has badly hit Indian IT companies, an issue that was strongly raised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his bilateral meeting.

“There are always two issues, one of course is the recent one, visa fee hike and the other is the old issue of totalisation charges for the IT professionals. The US response really is that we have a legislation which so states it,” Jaitley told Indian reporters during a media roundtable.

“So unless that legislation is changed (it is likely to remain),” he said.

Mr Jaitley was responding to a question on the kind of response he received from the US Trade Representative, Mike Froman, when he strongly raised the issue during a meeting early this week.


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