US Tech staffing firms are suing USCIS for fresh H-1B norms. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency is a part of the Homeland Security Department. These firms have filed a lawsuit against the USCIS and they heavily utilize the H-1B work visas. This is against the fresh H-1B norms that have been announced by the USCIS through a memo.
The USCIS had quietly issued a memo for fresh H-1B norms in the month of February with immediate effect. It places extra requisites on the firms that subcontract their workers, as quoted by the SF Chronicle.
The USCIS has contended that violations of the H-1B program are likely to occur frequently at third-party worksites of H-1B visa holders. This can be in the form of lesser salary than the national minimum wages.
The lawsuit filed by the US Tech staffing firms has sought a provisional order restraining the implementation of the memo. The case has been filed in the New Jersey Federal District Court. The memo issued in February is another measure by the US administration to curb the H-1B visa program.
Tech firms in the Bay Area are the majority users of H-1B visas to recruit overseas nationals directly. This non-immigrant US visa is aimed at hiring individuals in specialty jobs. These are the occupations that require distinctive skills.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency the immigration agency in the US had outlined fresh H-1B norms in the memo issued in February. It said that staffing companies that subcontract workers will have to specify exact work requirements for the H-1B visa worker. They are also now required to prove that the worker possessing H-1B visa will be performing specialty occupation.
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