America plans to make it easier for Indians to live and work in the United States, allowing a small number of Indians and other foreign workers on H-1B visas to renew them in the US without having to travel abroad. Reuters reports that the US State Department could announce a pilot programme as early as today, neatly tying in with a state visit by India’s Narendra Modi. Indian citizens made up 73 per cent of the nearly 442,000 H-1B workers in the 2022 financial year. “The pilot would begin with a small number of cases with the intention to scale the initiative over the following one to two years,” a spokesperson said. Modi had reason to expect a policy gift; he arrived in Washington statistically the world’s most popular elected politician.
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