Additionally, many of the largest users of the H-1B visa are very significant technology companies from India, the seminar noted. Grassroots efforts should be made to help the government understand that India is not the only user of these technology visas, it suggested. Attempts to avert a form of reverse discrimination should be undertaken soonest, the participants suggested.
Among other issues raised was India's exclusion from Treaty Investment and Treaty Trader category for the immigration visa purpose. It is not clear why Bangladesh and Pakistan and Sri Lanka all have E visas but India does not, the participants noted.
It was resolved that GOPIO and other community groups must campaign on these issues. "It is important for the Indian American community to take up such issues with Obama administration and elected officials and make them aware of importance of such issues for the country as a whole," said GOPIO's founder president Thomas Abraham. The panelists were attorneys Michael Phulwani and David Nachman of NPZ Law Group and Anand Ahuja. Abraham moderated the discussion.