A group of prominent US Lawmakers cutting across party lines have urged President Trump to Reform H-1B, L-1 visas and curb outsourcing. In a letter written to Trump on 27 July 2017, these US Lawmakers said that the H-1B, L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017, legislation S.180, and H.R. 1303 introduced by them address the revamping of these visas.
The letter further elaborated that this bipartisan legislation intends to restore the H-1B visas to their original purpose. It will safeguard the jobs for US workers and retain the H-1B visas for highly skilled overseas workers, said the letter, as quoted by the New Indian Express.
The letter was led by US Congress member Bill Pascrell and signed by Senate member Richard Durbin, Congress member Paul A Gosar, Ro Khanna, and Dave Brat amongst others.
Elaborating on the proposed reforms for H-1B, L-1 visas, the US Lawmakers said that the bill provides for protection of both US workers and overseas workers as it demands enhanced transparency in hiring overseas workers. The legislation also proposes amendments to salary requirements for H-1B visa workers and demands similar wages to them in jobs.
Just increasing the salary levels to another random level does not serve the purpose and restrict abuse in the future, said the lawmakers. The bill requires that the existing H-1B visa salaries are brought on par with highest wage level with respect to geographic area and jobs for the three categories.
The US lawmakers have also demanded the abolishment of offering H-1B visas by the lottery system. This does not permit the US government to keep a track of the allotment of 85,000 visas annually and curb outsourcing of jobs, added the letter.
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