The Trump administration is planning to end the Obama-era rule under which spouses of H1-B visa holders get work permit or H-4 visa, a move that could affect over 70,000 such visa holders. A large number of H-4 visa holders are high-skilled professionals from India.
When asked about the US plan, Ms Swaraj said it was true that US President Donald Trump was reviewing the H-4 visa programme and there were reports of its possible revocation.
"This is not just for H-4, I am also talking of H1-B visa as well. We are making a three-pronged effort to save these visas. We are talking to the White House, we are talking to the state administration, and we are also talking to Congressmen and senators," Ms Swaraj said at the press conference to mark the fourth anniversary of the National Democratic Alliance government.
The H-4 visa holders got work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration. Indian-Americans were a major beneficiary of this provision. Over one lakh H-4 visa holders have benefited from this rule.
The 2015 rule allowed work permits for spouses who otherwise could not be employed while H-1B visa holders seek permanent resident status -- a process that can take a decade or longer.