US Visa

  • Modi smart, tough and driven, I underestimated him, says the man who interviewed the Indian PM September 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Fareed Zakaria, the man who interviewed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a CNN world exclusive, has described the 64yearold as being "among the sharpest" he has met. "Narendra Modi is among the sharpest I have met. I underestimated him. He is very smart, intelligent and focused. He is...
  • US lawmakers seek to honour Modi with address to Congress June 21, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once denied a visa to enter the United States over massacres of Muslims, is expected to receive the honour of addressing a joint session of the US Congress during a visit to Washington in September. California Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign...
  • My comments on Modi have been misrepresented: Shashi Tharoor June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Defending himself over the recent controversy over his remarks praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson Shashi Tharoor said that his statements have been taken out of context. "Either the media misrepresents, it reads very hastily, doesn't read at all or it is reading paraphrases of my article....
  • Denying visa to Modi was a big mistake by the US: Analyst Fareed Zakaria May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: As Narendra Modi gets ready to take oath as India's 15th Prime Minister, analyst Fareed Zakaria says it was a big mistake by the United States of America to have denied him a visa for all these years. "It was a mistake, it was shortsighted, it was foolish....
  • Congress taunts BJP over denial of US visa to Narendra Modi April 6, 2014

    With BJP fishing out a video clip of US President Barrack Obama to justify Amit Shah's controversial "revenge" remark, Congress on Sunday took a dig at the Opposition party reminding it of visa denial by US to Narendra Modi. "The Barack Obama fixation continues for the BJP. Amit Shah being compared...
  • US to accept H-1B visas from today April 1, 2014

    Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made elaborate arrangement for receiving applications for the much coveted H-1B visas, beginning today, to meet the expected rush. The agency will determine the allocation of visas, highly popular among IT professionals, through computerised draw of lots. "USCIS anticipates receiving more than...
  • Full diplomatic immunity for Modi if he becomes PM, says US report April 1, 2014

    Washington: The nine-year US visa ban on Narendra Modi will automatically be lifted and he would enjoy diplomatic immunity if he becomes the prime minister, a Congressional report said on Monday. "Modi is widely considered to be one of the front-runners as prime ministerial candidate of his Bharatiya Janata Party....
  • MEA disappointed with Devyani Khobragade's re-indictment March 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed disappointment at the re-indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US visa fraud case. The MEA also said that this was an unnecessary action. Khobragade's father too has slammed the action saying it is a result of aggression. "The act is...
  • Devyani's re-indictment an act of aggression, says her father March 15, 2014

    In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. Devyani Khobragade's father, Uttam Khobragade said that this is a clear act of aggression and looks like it was deliberately...
  • Diplomat Devyani Khobragade re-indicted, arrest warrant issued March 15, 2014

    New York: In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. The new indictment that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan has charged Khobragade for the submission...
  • Khobragade re-indicted in US visa fraud case March 15, 2014

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and stripsearch soured Indo-US relations, was on Friday re-indicted on US visa fraud charges, a day after a US court dismissed an earlier indictment. In fresh trouble for Khobragade, federal prosecutors re-indicted the Indian diplomat on charges of visa fraud and making false statements about...
  • US ambassador Nancy Powell meets Narendra Modi signalling a thaw February 13, 2014

    Gandhinagar: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in Gandhinagar, signalling a thaw. This comes nine years after the US had refused to give Modi a diplomatic visa. Nancy Powell arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening. Reacting...
  • No change in visa policy for Narendra Modi, says US February 13, 2014

    Washington: The US has scotched speculation that the meeting between its Ambassador Nancy Powell and Narendra Modi would lead to lifting of the visa ban on BJP's prime ministerial candidate, insisting there was no change in its nineyearold policy that came in the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat riots. "When individuals...
  • Modhwadia plays down Powell's meeting with Modi February 11, 2014

    Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia has played down the slated meeting of US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powel with BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi. ...
  • Devyani seeks dismissal of visa fraud case in US court February 8, 2014

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has sought dismissal of the visa fraud case against her on the ground that the indictment was filed in a court here a day after the US accorded her full diplomatic immunity and the country did not have criminal jurisdiction over her. Devyani's lawyer Daniel...
  • India's strong reaction to Devyani incident jolted ties: US Ambassador December 31, 2013

    New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell in her Happy New Year message to India has admitted that India's strong reaction to Devyani Khobragade arrest has jolted IndoUS relationship. In a message issued by the embassy she said, "Alongside these impressive developments, this forward movement has been jolted by...
  • 'India withdraws US Consular staff ID cards' December 24, 2013

    New Delhi: In a tough step against the United States of America over the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragde case, India has decided to take firm reciprocal steps following the end of Tuesday's deadline for surrender of identity cards provided to US Consular staff. All the identity cards provided to US...
  • US will have to grant Modi visa once he becomes PM: Shatrughan Sinha November 10, 2013

    Narendra Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US but once he becomes India's Prime Minister and such a need arises, America will have to grant him visa, senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said on Sunday. "Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US. It...
  • Visa policy unchanged, Modi can apply and wait for review: US November 6, 2013

    Washington: Asserting that there has been no change in its visa policy, the US on Tuesday said Narendra Modi who has been named BJP's prime ministerial candidate is welcome to apply for a visa and wait for a review. "No change in our longstanding visa policy. He's welcome to apply...
  • Infosys agrees to pay $34 million in US visa case October 31, 2013

    Washington: Tech services giant Infosys Ltd agreed on Wednesday to pay $34 million to end a US investigation related to the widespread practice by Indian firms of flying workers to client sites in the United States on temporary visas. The settlement, which the US Justice Department said was the largest in...
  • Infosys reaches $ 34 million settlement in US visa case October 30, 2013

    Bangalore: Infosys Ltd, India's secondlargest IT services exporter, has agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement with US authorities investigating its use of visas in the United States, the company said on Wednesday. US authorities have been investigating Infosys' use of visas since 2011. "There were no criminal charges...
  • Infosys says in process of resolving US visa probe October 29, 2013

    Bangalore: IT firm Infosys Ltd said on Tuesday it was in the process of reaching a settlement with the US government over the company's alleged misuse of temporary business visas. US authorities have been investigating India's secondlargest information technology services exporter since 2011. The Wall Street Journal had earlier said that the...
  • Narendra Modi shouldn't be granted visa, says US official August 16, 2013

    Washington: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should not be granted US visa "because of the very serious doubts that remain and that hang over Modi relative to his role in the horrific events of 2002 in Gujarat", said an official. Asked to comment on Modi's emergence as the de facto...
  • Modi US visa: DMK to move privilege motion against signature misuse July 29, 2013

    Chennai: DMK MPs have been planning to move a privilege motion in Parliament against what they allege to be the misuse of their signatures on a letter sent to US President Barack Obama asking him to continue denying visa to Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP poll panel chief Narendra Modi....
  • MPs' letters to Barack Obama on Narendra Modi visa 'original and authentic': Expert July 28, 2013

    Washington: The controversy over Indian MPs' letters to President Barack Obama for denying visa to Narendra Modi has taken a new turn with a Californiabased Forensic Document Examiner certifying that the signatures of the lawmakers are "original and authentic" and not a cut and paste job as claimed. "Using accepted principles...
  • Rajnath hasn't pleaded with the US for a visa for Modi: BJP July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday said that the party President Rajnath Singh had not pleaded with the US for a visa for Narendra Modi and neither has the Gujarat Chief Minister applied for one. Asked by reporters about his opinion to Singh pleading Modi's case with...
  • Modi visa: No DMK MP signed the letter sent to US, says Karunanidhi July 25, 2013

    Chennai: The controversy over the letter written by 65 MPs to US President Barack against a visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is refusing to die down. The DMK has now issued a statement saying none of its MPs signed any letter. In a statement DMK chief Karunanidhi also said...
  • Modi US visa row: BJP demands probe into letter sent to Obama July 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a probe into the allegations of forged signature on the letter sent to the United States demanding denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP poll panel chief Narendra Modi by 65 MPs. The BJP said that the government should order...
  • US says it will consider Modi's visa application if he applies July 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Amidst all the controversy on the home turf over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visa to the United States, the US has now said that it will consider Modi's visa application if he applies. The US state department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said, "If (the Gujarat) Chief Minister Modi...
  • Modi visa row: Were the signatures forged? July 24, 2013

    The controversy over 65 Members of Parliament signing letter urging US President Barack Obama not to issue Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP poll panel chief Narendra Modi a visa has taken a new turn on Wednesday with nine MPs denying signing any letter. ...