Update on June 21, 2019: A US State Department spokesperson told MediaNama in an email on June 21 that the US 'has no plans place caps on H-1B visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally'. The spokesperson further specified tha the review of the US workers visa programme — called for by the Trump administration's Buy American and Hire American Executive order in 2017 — 'is not targeted at a specific country and is completely separate from our ongoing discussions with India about the importance of ensuring the free flow of data across borders'. MediaNama has asked the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security for further clarification. Story on June 20, 2019: The United States told India that it is considering 15% caps on H-1B work visas for nations that mandate data localisation,…
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