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H-1B Visa: Indian-American Congressman Introduces New Bill In The House of Representatives

The new legislation, if it gets passed, will allow employees working on H-1B visa to switch jobs

While the Donald Trump-led administration is showing no signs of making changes to the country’s H1B visa policy, Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has reportedly introduced a new legislation in the House of Representatives which might offer some relief to H-1B workers. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that US companies use to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

The new legislation, if it gets passed, will allow employees working on H-1B visa to switch jobs without losing legal status while allowing their spouses holding H-4 visas the right to continue their careers, reported Financial Express. The bill is also expected to reduce green card backlog.

“To develop the skills of our domestic workforce, our bill increases investments in our education system to guarantee that American workers are trained for high-tech jobs,” said Krishnamoorthi. “It also reforms the visa system for highly-skilled workers which allows American businesses to compete in the global economy.”

Mike Coffman, a Republican lawmaker, also joined Krishnamoorthi to introduce HR 6794, the ‘Immigration Innovation Act of 2018′ in the House of Representatives last week. The legislation also proposes to ban employer companies from hiring H-1B holders to replace American workers while increasing funding for STEM education at the K-12, post-secondary, and university levels.

According to the two lawmakers, the fees collected for H-1B visas and conditional Green Cards under the newly proposed bill will be diverted to state-administered funds to promote domestic STEM education and worker training, including financial aid and research initiatives. The funds used for advanced training of the domestic workforce would reduce demand for foreign workers ultimately helping the American economy to grow.

The bill in question subjects employers hiring more than five H-1B employees to pay a penalty for each employee who worked less than 25 percent of the first work-authorization year and prohibits them from hiring an H-1B visa worker to replace a US worker. It also provides work authorization for spouses and dependent children of H-1B visa workers at the prevailing wage.

The proposed bill will also enable F-1 student visa holders to seek permanent resident status while a student or during Optional Practical Training.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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4 Comments

  1. Why are we granting citizenship to people like Raja Krishnamoorthi who promote the intrest of India over the interest of the USA?

  2. Krishnamoorthi should be ashamed of himself, as should all Americans who stand idly by while American tech jobs are decimated. He swore an oath to serve Americans as a US congressman, yet he introduces a bill that is essentially a Trojan horse for Indians.

    Teachers and educational institutions will make out nice with this bill, while their slaving students whom they lie to in order to get them to go into STEM in the first place will suffer in their careers and their lives. And yet we continue to sell the lie that we need more STEM workers. Shameful. This country just gives away 100,000 tech jobs to undeserving Indians while our own STEM students can’t find jobs after graduation, after spending 4 years of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars on a useless education. Caterpillar and other companies are complaining about losing tens or hundreds of jobs due to tariffs, without even mentioning this tech job giveaway. Engineers are invisible in American society, seen as nerds on Silicon Valley and The Big Bang Theory.

    If this were happening in India, you’d see fights, murders, rapes, and immolations.

    I’m ashamed to be an American engineer. I’m ashamed to be an American, to be part of a country that does this to its own citizens. To work so hard, make all the right decisions, listen to all the advice given my teachers and professors, doing all your homework, following all of society’s little rules, only to end up getting replaced by a foreign worker. It is absolute BS.

    American students should avoid STEM like the plague.

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