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Dip in number of Indians going to US amid talks of close partnership

But the The NTTO has predicted a surge in the number of Indian visitors to the US every year from 2018 to 2022

Even as the India and United States are working to forge closer relationships, it has surprisingly emerged that the number of Indians travelling to the US has declined for the first time in eight years.

The US National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) released figures according to which close to 11.14 lakh Indians went to the US in 2017, which is down 5 per cent from 11.72 lakh in the previous year.

But the The NTTO has predicted a surge in the number of Indian visitors to the US every year from 2018 to 2022.

The publication quoted industry sources as saying that the international travel from India is growing constantly at 10-12 per cent for the last many years.

Meanwhile, the Donald Trump administration has recently tightened the rules for granting H-1B visas, a move that has immensely impacted Indian IT companies and their employees.

Tightening of H-1B work visa norms has increased operating costs of Indian IT companies as onsite hiring has increased.

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