July 23, 2016

"In 1998, Congress raised the H-1B cap and then set some controversial H-1B visa rules."

Computerworld: It prohibited the largest users of H-1B visa -- firms employing 15% or more visa workers -- from displacing U.S. workers. By Patrick Thibodeau

'They also are required to make a "good faith" effort to recruit a U.S. worker for a position. Congress then inserted a massive loophole. U.S. workers can be displaced by H-1B-dependent employers -- such as IT outsourcing firms -- provided the visa holder has a master's degree or the company pays visa workers at least $60,000. This salary level has not changed in 18 years.

'On Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bipartisan bill, the "Protect and Grow American Jobs Act," that makes two key changes to the 1998 law. It raises the $60,000 salary minimum to $100,000 and, unlike the 1998 law, includes an inflation adjustment. It also eliminates the master's degree exemption.

'"The high-skilled visa program is critical to ensuring American companies can attract and retain the world's best talent," said Issa in a statement. "Unfortunately, in recent years, this important program has become abused and exploited as a loophole for companies to replace American workers with cheaper labor from overseas."'

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