US House of Representatives Introduces H-1B Visa Reform Bill (Download PDF)


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US House of Representatives has introduced legislation which doubles minimum salary of H-1B visa holders. This can stop firms replacing American employees with foreign workers, including Indians. Bill aims to make it difficult to replace US employees with foreign workers.

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

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

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


  • The bill prioritizes the market allocation of visas for companies to pay 200 % of a wage.
  • It will become very difficult for American companies to use H1-B visas to hire foreign workers, including IT professionals from India.
  • H1B is a non-immigration visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers in the highly skilled occupation.
  • IT Giants like Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd use these visas to send their programmers and engineers to work with their clients in the US using the H1B visas.
  • According to estimates, Indian IT industry has at least 350, 000 workers on these visas.
  • News about introduction of bill has not been well received by stock markets.

H-1B Visa Reform Effects

  • Reform protects the interests of Americans against arrival of foreigners to work in US job market.
  • US issues 85, 000 H1-B visas every year
  • Tech companies which send their workers for off-site projects, and Indian students migrating to US for pursuing a higher degree will be among most affected by changes to visa policy.

What does H-1b stand for?

  • The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101 (a) (15) (H).
  • It allows U. S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
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- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2017

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