Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi has urged US Consul General in Kolkata to open a Consulate General office for the Northeast region in Guwahati.

Governor Mukhi on Friday discussed a wide range of issues ranging from the economy to enhanced relations between the US and Assam when Consul General Melinda Pavek called on him at the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati.

He discussed the H1B Visas and sought her help in revisiting the visa guidelines, as they are old and as a result, more Indians are moving to Canada.

“Revisiting the guidelines of the H1B Visas is essential to help and encourage Indian professionals and students to make the US as their destination. The Consul General assured that she would take up the matter with higher authorities,” a Raj Bhavan statement said.

The Governor, while drawing the attention of the Consul General to the rich cultural and historical heritage of the state, told her about the development initiatives undertaken by the government to ensure the social security of the people and increase the confidence of the investors.

He also requested the Consul General to open an office for northeast India in Guwahati and also requested her to establish a United States Information Service (USIS) library in Guwahati, assuring her of all necessary help from the state government.

The US Consul General was accompanied by Consul for Political and Economic Affairs Sonia Laul, Vice Consul Clinton Walls, Political Affairs Specialist from US Consulate General, Kolkata, Tinku Roy.

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