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The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years' worth of email addresses and phone numbers.
"The fear, at least for 2017, is not proved to be correct. They (US authorities) are saying their current priority is to deal with the illegal immigrants," the Commerce Minister said.
The premium processing of H-1B visas, which are popular among Indian IT professionals has been suspended temporarily to handle the huge rush of applications for the work visas.
The former US Assistant Secretary of State is calling for a rational discourse on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians.
Baglay said US interlocutors had told the Foreign Secretary that the killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas was an individual case.
While President Donald Trump condemned the shooting in his first congressional speech, his administration refused to relent on the issue of H1B visa.
The IT minister said that Indian IT companies are giving good value addition to US companies.
NASSCOM however said that the temporary move will not be an impediment for the $110 billion exporting software industry
Jaishankar said. the H1B visa issue came up at a number of meetings the Indian delegation had with US secretaries.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India's concerns about the US' H-1B visa policy under the new administration have been conveyed to the US.
India is one of the top sources for international workers in the American tech industry, accounting for a major chunk of all H-1B visas.
There was indication that President Trump is set to sign an order overhauling work visa programmes like H1B.
Apprehensions come at a time when the industry is already unnerved by reports that Trump has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling work visa programme.
Indian software techies will be the worst hit if the H1B visa reform bill introduced in the US House of Representatives is passed.
While in the US, the tweaked H-1B rules will hit the prospects of Indian techies, in Saudi Arabia the newly introduced value-added tax will increase the cost of living of Indians staying there.