US House of Representatives Introduces H-1B Visa Reform Bill

Posted on:02 Feb 2017 09:25:46
US House of Representatives Introduces H-1B Visa Reform Bill
02 February 2017 Current Affairs: The US House of Representatives has introduced a legislation by making it mandatory to raise the minimum salary of the H-1B visa holders to more than double at USD 1,30,000 from the previous USD 60,000.

 If the legislation is passed, it would highly impact American companies as they may face difficulty in replacing the American employees with foreign workers including IT professionals from India.

The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 introduced by California Congressman Zoe Lofgren prioritises market based allocation of visas to those companies willing to pay 200% of a wage calculated by survey, eliminates the category of lowest pay, and raises the salary level at which H1B dependent employer are exempt from non displacement and recruitment attestation requirements to greater than $130,000. 

This is more than double of the current H1B minimum wage of $60,000 which was established in 1989 and since then has remained unchanged.

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