Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2012        Go!    
 
 
March 26, Sunday 2017 4:39 PM       

       HEADLINES: Firework mishap in Kollam again; three injured                                              Kerala driver attacked in Australia                                              12 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy                                              Senior Al-Qaeda leader behind 2009 attack on Lankan cricket team killed                                              One killed, 13 injured in US nightclub shooting                                              Hamilton on pole for Australian GP with record lap                                              Kohli ruled out, Rahane becomes India's 33rd Test captain                                              FIFA lauds Navi Mumbai venue, says this should be benchmark                                              Debutant Kuldeep takes 4, Australia all-out for 300 on Day 1                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       WORLD Next Article: India's Agni long-range missiles broke UN limits:Chinese media  
       Bill targeting H1B visas reintroduced in US Congress
 
         Posted on :18:18:56 Jan 5, 2017
   
A A
       Last edited on:18:18:56 Jan 5, 2017
         Tags: Bill targeting H1B visas, US Congress
 
WASHINGTON: A bill backing key changes in the H1-B programme that allows skilled workers from countries like India to fill high-tech jobs in the US has been re-introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who claim that that it will help crack down on the work visa abuse.
 
The 'Protect and Grow American Jobs Act'makes important changes to the eligibility requirements for H1-B Visa exemptions was re-introduced yesterday by Republican Darrell Issa and Scott Peters – both from California.
 
The bill among other things increase the minimum salary of H-1B visa to USD 100,000 per annum and eliminate the Masters Degree exemption.
 
The legislation, they argued, will help crack down on abuse and ensure that these jobs remain available for the best and brightest talent from around the world.
 
The bill comes after a number of companies -- Disney,SoCal Edisonand others -- have come under fire for abusing the H1B Visa programme to replace American workers with foreign workers.
 
"In order for America to lead again, we need to ensure we can retain the world’s best and brightest talent. At the same time, we also need to make sure programs are not abused to allow companies to outsource and hire cheap foreign labor from abroad to replace American workers," Issa said.
 
"The legislation we're introducing today does both. It will ensure that our valuable high-skilled immigration spots are used by companies when the positions cannot be filled by the existing workforce," Issa said.
 
By raising the salary to a level more in-line with the average American salary for these positions, it would help cut down on abuse by removing the profit incentive and ensuring these positions remain available for companies who truly need them, a media release said.
 
"Curbing abuse of the H1-B system will protect American jobs and help ensure that visas are available for innovators who need them to maintain a competitive workforce," Peters said.
 
"This bipartisan bill makes one of the much-needed updates to our high-skilled visa system to level the playing field and help prevent companies from taking advantage of the system to offshore jobs," the Congressman said.
 
The two lawmakers claimed that the legislation would cut down on abuse by eliminating the masters degree exemption, which has become abused as foreign workers seeking H1B Visas have increasingly sought and obtained low-qualitycertificates to meet the requirements for an exemption just to qualify for H1B, instead of keeping the positions open for truly high- skilled positions that companies cannot fill domestically.
The bill had faced opposition last year in Congress.
 
Reshaping immigration is a central tenet of President- elect Donald Trump's push for companies to invest and hire more in the US.
 
Trump has listed immigration reform among five executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office. They include asking the Department of Labor to investigate "all abuses of the visa programmes that undercut the American worker." 
A A
       WORLD
Next Article: India's Agni long-range missiles broke UN limits:Chinese media
 
 
WORLD HEADLINES
One killed, 13 injured in US nightclub shooting  
Senior Al-Qaeda leader behind 2009 attack on Lankan cricket team killed  
B'desh: 3 killed, 31 injured as commandos storm militants' den  
'We are here to stay', says Indian-Americans  
Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers  
Bill against outsourcing jobs back in House of Representatives  
'Significant arrests' made in UK terror attack case  
Death toll in UK terror attack rises to five  
ISIS claims British parliament attack; 8 arrested in UK raids  
London terror attacker was known to spies: British PM  
'Hero' British MP tried to save stabbed officer  
'Replacement of American workers not the intent of H1B visas'  
Dalai's successor should be from his native town: Scholar  
British Parliament Shootout: 7 arrested  
Four dead, including attacker, in UK parliament 'terror' assault  
US exploring new options against North Korea: WH  
US leaders discuss possibility of India becoming partner  
Musharraf wanted 'secret deal' to form joint govt: Sharif  
US bans laptops, iPads on direct US-bound flights from 8 countries  
UK joins US airline electronics ban  
India has withdrawn Miyar hydroelectric project's design: Pak  
Probing possible Russia links to Trump campaign: FBI chief  
Indian-origin man charged with murdering 1-yr-old in London, arrested  
Australian teen ‘punches crocodile’ in head during late night swim, escapes  
N Korea conducts rocket engine test  
 
Do you support the choice of Yogi as UP chief minister?
yes
 
no
 
don't know
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy