A Bill offering flexibility to H-1B workers to switch jobs has been introduced in US Congress by Raja Krishnamoorthi Indo-American Congressman. It also aims to decrease the backlog in Green Cards. This is by enhancing exemptions based on education from nation wise ceiling for H-1B workers.
The original sponsor of the bill Mike Coffman was joined by Krishnamoorthi in introducing ‘2018 – Innovation Immigration Act – H R 6794. This was tabled in the US House of Representatives on 13 September 2018, as quoted by the Economic Times.
The 2 US Lawmakers said that the bill streamlines and reforms the H-1B Visa program for highly skilled workers. It will also enhance the investment in US STEM Education sector. This is for Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science students in College, Post secondary, or K-12 programs. For this, the bill must be endorsed by the US Congress and signed as a law by the US President.
The Democrat Congressman Krishnamoorthi said that the bill aims to enhance the skills of the domestic workers. It enhances investments in the education system. This is to ensure that US staff are trained adequately for advanced tech jobs, he added. It also reforms the US visa regime for extremely skilled workers. Through this, the US businesses will be able to compete in the international economy, said the Congressman.
Coffman said that the immigration policies of the US must match with its economic needs. This needs to be ensured by the US Congress, he added. It must also align with the requirements of H-1B workers and their families, said Coffman.
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