‘Qualified Indians are always welcome in US’

Mumbai: As the Trump administration continues to tighten screws on the H-1B visa programme, United States consul general in Mumbai, Edgard Kagan, says his country encourages and welcomes “qualified Indians”. US President Donald Trump is “very committed” to relations with India, he said.

“The US continues to be as welcoming as it has always been to qualified Indian travellers,” Kagan said, adding a record number of Indians flying to the US last year proves that people in India are aware that his country welcomes them.

“We strongly encourage and welcome Indians to study in the US. We believe that Indians studying in the US and our students studying in India are part of the glue that holds our relationship together,” he said.
Responding to another question, he said the US president is “very committed” to relations with India.

“If you look carefully you can see that from the very beginning of his administration, his time in office, the president and his team have emphasised the need to expand and strengthen the already good relations with India,” he said.

“I think part of this is making sure we continue to grow trade in a way that is fair and balanced on both sides, part of it is making sure that both the countries continue to support investment. We welcome and are thrilled with the amount of Indian investments that are coming to the US,” he said.

Kagan said the US wants to get the right policy framework favouring investments in both the countries and make sure that ties between people of the US and India remain strong.

‘Right regulatory framework needed’

  • Indians who are in the US continue to have great opportunities there. The country is aware that Indians there want to be treated well.
  • ‘If you look at the facts, you will see that the US continues to be just as welcoming as it has always been,’ US consul general Edgard Kagan said.
  • On the areas in which the US and India could further strengthen ties, Kagan said, ‘Having more travel, having more people know each other, expanding study, expanding partnerships in educational institutions, partnerships between businesses.’
  • He underlined the need for getting the right regulatory framework, encouraging investments and capital flow to those who can use it, making sure venture capital is supported, and that entrepreneurs and technology innovators can get access to support for their companies through loans and on a market basis.
(With inputs from PTI)