The US today said its visa programme is fully consistent with WTO obligations as the country received a request for consultations from India on its decision to impose high fees on temporary working visas. "The United States has received this request for WTO consultations from India, and we look forward to discussing our H-1B visa program with our Indian counterparts," said Andrew Bates, spokesman for US Trade Representatives.
According to India, it said, the current measures appear to be "inconsistent" with the terms, limitations and conditions agreed to and specified by the US in its commitments under the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services). India has asked for consultations with the US under the aegis of the WTO to resolve the issue. The request for consultations is the first step in a dispute at the dispute settlement system of the WTO. The US has 10 days to respond to the trade dispute filed by India.