H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate House, It will require US Citizenship and Immigration Services to prioritize for the first time the annual allocation of H-1B visas. This new system would ensure that students who completed education in the United States receive a preference for an H-1B visa, including advanced degree holders, those being paid a high wage, and those with valuable skills.
H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act bill was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin in the Senate house and Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Paul Gosar, Ro Khanna, Frank Pallone and Lance Gooden introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.
US Department of Labor enhanced authority will review, investigate, and audit employer compliance with programme requirements, It will be working on to create a statistical data on H-1B and L-1 programs in various basis
- Wage data
- Worker education levels
- Place of employment
Mr Grassley said that some companies are trying to exploit the programmes by cutting American workers for cheaper labour.We need programmes dedicated to putting American workers first. When skilled foreign workers are needed to meet the demands of our labour market, we must also ensure that visa applicants who honed their skills at American colleges and universities are a priority over the importation of more foreign workers. Our bill takes steps to ensure that the programs work for Americans and skilled foreign workers alike.
If we”re going to continue to foster a culture of creativity, we must reform the H-1 and L-1 visa programs to protect all workers from abuses. Immigrants coming here on H-1B visas have made important contributions to Silicon Valley’s leadership in the digital revolution. We want to make sure that talent is coming to the US, but we also want to make sure that it”s being done with proper compensation,Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna
The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act also encompasses several reforms in the L-1 visa program, which includes the establishment of a wage floor for L-1 workers. Authorities from the US Department of Homeland Security to investigate, audit, and enforce compliance with L-1 program requirements. Assurance of intra-company transfers occur between legitimate branches of a company and don’t involve “shell” facilities and a Major change to the definition of “specialized knowledge” to ensure that L-1 visas are reserved only for truly key personnel and not to be misused.