Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) recently introduced the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 to the House of Representatives. The bill proposes an increase of the current minimum salary of H-1B visa holders from $60,000 to $130,000.

According to MSN, the minimum salary requirement has remained unchanged since 1989, but Lofgren and supporters of the legislation assert that the wage increase would discourage U.S. companies from hiring immigrant workers to exploit cheap labor. The bill would also prevent employers from reducing beneficiary wages – even if the employee voluntarily authorizes the deduction.

If passed, the Act could make it more difficult to obtain an H-1B visa. If you own a business and you are interested in hiring an immigrant employee, or if you would like to immigrate to the United States under the H-1B program, turn to the O’Brien Law Group.

Rusty O’Brien will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and help you navigate U.S. immigration laws. Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation with an employment visa attorney in Louisville, Kentucky.

More Important Details about the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act

In an effort to help small businesses stay competitive, the proposed legislation would allocate 20 percent of the annual H-1B visas for start-up and small businesses. This would give small companies an opportunity to acquire top industry talent.

The bill would also remove each country’s cap on H-1B visas. This would prevent an immigrant’s nationality from affecting his or her ability to obtain an H-1B visa.

Will Congress Pass the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act?

According to the Economic Times, political analysts are divided over whether Congress will pass the bill. Experts who support the bill point to the fact that the H-1B program was designed to bring talented workers to the United States to bolster the national economy and create new jobs. The proposed legislation would reinforce this principle while preventing abuse of the H-1B program. However, critics argue that H-1B immigrants will be unfairly affected by the bill.

Related Senate Bill Would Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently announced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act. According to Brown, the proposed bill would close loopholes in the L-1 and H-1B visa programs, thus protecting the interests of U.S. visa holders and workers.

Another aim of the legislation is to prevent fraud and abuse of the U.S. immigration system. If passed, employers would have to offer vacant positions to qualified workers in the United States before they try to employ foreign workers through the H-1B or L-1 visa program. The bill would also modify the salary requirements for H-1B and L-1 workers.

If you would like to obtain an L-1 or H-1B visa, or if you are interested in hiring an immigrant employee, contact the O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien is the former MidSouth region chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AIM). He may be able to help you speed up the petitioning process and avoid mistakes that would lead to issues with USCIS.

Call 502-400-7890 to schedule a consultation with an employment visa attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. If you would like to learn more about U.S. immigration laws, visit http://immigration.usattorneys.com/.

 

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