NEW DELHI: The government today said it was “closely engaged” with the US on all issues relating to the movement of Indian professionals, including under the H-1B visa programme, and had emphasised to that country that this was a mutually-beneficial partnership which should be nurtured.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said Indian skilled professionals had contributed to the growth and development of the US economy and helped the US retain its competitive edge and innovation advantage.

Asked whether there had been any major change in the H1-B visa policy by the US and whether the government was keeping a close eye on the issue, Singh said, “Government of India has closely engaged with the US Administration and the Congress on all issues relating to movement of Indian professionals, including under the H-1B visa programme.

“In our engagements, we have emphasised that this has been a mutually-beneficial partnership which should be nurtured.”