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Bill To Reform H-1B Visa Process Brought In US Senate With Focus On Skill

H-1B visa program is the most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals.


Seeking to reform comprehensive H-1B and L-1 visa programs, a separatist group of influential committees has enacted a law in the U.S. Congress, which they argue will protect U.S. workers and confront homes. -external exit service that exploits these popular visa programs. to challenge qualified Americans in high-skilled jobs.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant passport that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers in specialized jobs that require specialization or technology. Technology companies rely on it to hire thousands of workers each year from countries such as India and China.

The H-1B visa program is the most widely accepted visa application form among foreign professionals, including Indians. An L-1 passport is a non-immigrant passport for employment purposes in the L-1 position. It is useful for a relatively short amount of time.

The H-1B and L-1 Visa Regulation will reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for U.S. workers and holders of visas, and require more enthusiasm in hiring foreign workers, the commission said.

Introduced by Whip Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley, Member of the Executive Committee of the Senate, the bill is sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal, Tommy Tuberville, Sherrod Brown, Bill Hagerty, and Bernie Sanders.

The H-1B and L-1 Visa Amendment Act will require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be eligible for the first annual issuance of H-1B passports. The new program will ensure that the best and brightest STEM students who receive a preference for an H-1B visa, as well as those with other US advanced education, who are pay high wages, and those who have valuable skills.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The law prohibits the replacement of American workers by H-1B or L-1 visa holders and clarifies that the working conditions of U.S. employees may not be adversely affected by the hiring of an H-1B worker, including H-1B personnel. has been picked up by another employer in the U.S. workplace, a media release said.

“Repairing H-1B and L-1 visa systems is an important part of repairing America’s damaged infrastructure,” Durbin said. “For years, outsourcing companies have used legal procedures to remove eligible U.S. workers, exploit foreign workers, and facilitate the exit of American workers. Our law will regulate these breaches, protect staff, and put an end to these abuses, ”he said.

“The conference created H-1B and L-1 visa programs to help higher-ranking American workers, not replace them. Unfortunately, some companies are trying to use those programs by cutting U.S. workers. for a cheaper job. the first staff, ”Grassley said.

“When we need skilled foreign workers to meet the demands of our labor market, we must also ensure that passport applicants who understand their skills in American universities and colleges are essential. on the entry of more foreign workers. Our bill takes steps to ensure that the programs work for American citizens and skilled foreign workers, ”he added.

According to the commission, the law will target foreign companies that import large numbers of H-1B and L-1 personnel for temporary training purposes only to send workers back to their home countries. do the same job.

Essentially, the bill would allow companies with more than 50 employees, of which at least half are H-1B or L-1 holders, to hire additional H-1B employees. The bill gives the US Department of Labor the authority to review, investigate, and evaluate an employer’s compliance with program requirements, and to prosecute fraud or misconduct.

It requires the production of a wide range of statistical information about H-1B and L-1 programs, including income data, employee education levels, workplace, and gender.

In addition, the H-1B and L-1 Visa Amendment Act include several amendments to the L-1 visa system, including the establishment of a wage floor for L-1 workers; authorization for the US Department of Homeland Security to investigate, evaluate, and enforce compliance with L-1 program requirements; ensuring that transfers within the company take place within the correct departments of a company and do not apply to “shell” materials; and a change to the definition of “critical knowledge” to ensure that L-1 passports are reserved for truly important employees, media release said.

“This law will focus on the manipulation of existing weaknesses to ensure that employers value American workers before planning any highly qualified foreign applicants. If we are going to get an economic plan come back and run, we need to do it regularly and that starts with. using the talent we have here in the first and foremost building, ”said Elder Tuberville.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Monday announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa requirement and the issuance of a 20,000 H-1B visa permit. improvement, known as master cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

(This story has not been edited by an NDTV staff and is automatically generated from an integrated feed.)

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