India will file a complaint against the U.S. to the WTO this week. According to Indian authorities, the United States violate the rights of Indian IT-specialists issuing short-term work visas.
The representatives of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of India have finalized the complaint against the U.S. into the WTO. Indian authorities believe that the cost of entry short-term work visas for Indian IT-specialists is too high. It violates the rights of Indian citizens and businesses.
United States increased the cost of entry visas for foreign professionals in 2010 to protect the domestic labor market from the influx of skilled professionals who have low financial demands. India turned out to be one of the countries affected by this decision.
The procedure of appeal consideration involves the possibility of solving the issue at the level of the authorities of the two states within 60 days. If a solution is found, the competent authorities of the WTO will make a decision in accordance with the charter of the organization.
U.S. is the largest commercial market for Indian IT-companies, so the experts of the industry often visit the United States. Major U.S. IT-corporations often attract Indian experts as workers, but large companies were not affected by the increase in cost due to visa loopholes in the legislation.
This can not be said about Indian companies which are forced to pay for their employees’ trips to the U.S..