Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 (CIR 2013) bill introduced in US Senate and US House in coming weeks.
Blog readers will be greatly impacted by changes that will be proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 bill.
Immigration Reform will include several sections, but lets focus on High Skilled part of the bill which includes H1B Visa, Employment Based Green Card, F1 Visa, L1 and other work visa.
In this article, I will focus on H1b Visa related provision and updates that can be part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 bill.
H1B Visa Immigration Reform 2013
There are several bills introduced that will be eventually considered as part of H1B Immigration reform in CIR 2013 Bill.
U.S. Senate Immigration Bill should be introduced in April, 2013
I-Squared Act of 2013 (Jan, 2013)
- Increase H1B cap to 115,000 and maximum of 300,000 based on additional rules and demand.
- No cap for advanced degree holders from U.S. college or university
- eliminate annual per-country limits for employment based visa petitioners
The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2013 ( March, 2013)
Here is a sample overview of H-1B and L-1 Visa Restriction Bill
- Requires all companies to make a good faith effort to hire Americans first.
- Prohibits employers from advertising only to H-1B visa holders.
- Prohibits companies from outsourcing visa holders to other companies.
- Ensures that an H-1B application filed by an employer that employs 50 or more U.S. workers will not be accepted unless the employer attests that less than 50 percent of the employer’s workforce are H-1B and L visa holders.
- Requires Department of Labor employees to share information about H-1B petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Increases administrative fines per violation from $1000 to $2000 and from $5000 to $10,000 for willful misrepresentation and restricts the ability of these companies to participate in the future recruiting of H-1B and L-1 employees.
H1B Visa Provisions in CIR ( April 2013 )
- Double the current 65,000 H-1B cap, or to set it in the low l00,000-range.
- Less certain how the Senators will treat a separate cap of 20,000
- Increasing fees for large H-1B users and IT services providers after they hit certain thresholds
- Unlimited green cards for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advance degree holders
There will be increase in number of students applying for USA if unlimited Green Cards are given to advanced degree holders from certain universities ( research universities).
There should be strict restriction on which schools qualify as research universities.
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