H1B reform bill called ‘The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017’ has been introduced in the US House of Representatives.
The bill, which calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders from $60,000 to $130,000, which makes it difficult for many firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.
The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 has been introduced by California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. This is more than double of the current H-1B minimum wage of $60,000 which was established in 1989 and since then has remained unchanged.
“My legislation refocuses the H-1B programme to its original intent, to find the best and brightest from around the world, and to supplement the US workforce with talented, highly-paid and highly-skilled workers who help create jobs in America, not replace them,” said a senior Congressman after introducing the Bill.
The bill put forwards a condition that employers must first offer a job to an equally or better qualified American before seeking an H-1B or L-1 visa holder.
The bill also requires DOL and DHS to share information so that visa petitions are effectively scrutinised.