US to tighten H-1B visas to techies

US to tighten H-1B visas to techies

 Two powerful US Senators have announced they will introduce a legislation which, if passed by the Congress, would give preference to foreigners studying in American universities, a move that will tighten the noose around the H-1B visa programme and could hurt Indian IT firms.

The bill — to be introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban — will require US Citizenship and Immigration Services to prioritise for the first time annual allocation of H-1B visas.

It will ensure the “best and brightest” students being educated in the US receive preference for an H-1B visa, a statement issued by the Senators said.

The preference system also gives a leg up to advanced degree holders, those being paid a high wage, and those with valuable skills, it said.

“Congress created these programmes to complement America’s high-skilled workforce, not replace it. Unfortunately, some companies are trying to exploit the programmes by cutting American workers for cheaper labour,” said Grassley chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The legislation restores Congress’ original intent in the H-1B and L-1 visa programmes by increasing enforcement, modifying wage requirements and securing protections for both American workers and visa holders.

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