Donald Trump has been listed immigration reform among directorial actions which he planed on his first day in office. And two US lawmakers have initiate a bill that pursue to change the H-1B & amp; L-1 VISA listing. The United States has already increased costs of H-1B and L-1 VISA in January 2016, from $2,000 to $6,000 for H-1B and $4,500 for L-1 VISA’S for firms that employed 50 or more workers in US, with more than 50% of them employed on H-1B or L-1 VISA's.

The 'Protect and Grow American Jobs Act' proposes important changes to the eligibility criteria for H-1B VISA indemnity:
  • The bill pursue to remove the Master's degree exemption for H-1B applicants, which allows them to skip additional paperwork if they have an equivalent of a Master or higher degree. A majority of Indian IT professionals who go to United States generally have a Master degree, which gives them an perimeter over applicants of other countries.
  • The bill attempts to bar companies that have over 50 employees and 50% of them on H-1B or L1 visas (temporary transfer of foreign workers to US), from hiring more.
  • The bill recommends to hoist the minimum salary of H-1B visa to $100,000 per annum (Presently it is $60,000 per annum). The hike in minimum salary would make may push companies to go for US workers.

Effect on Indian Job Seekers

The bill states that the companies in US can bring foreign employees as long as they pay them well. So Indians who get a job in the US should get good package. If new measures, passed could force more people to try VISA’s under other ways such as L1. The L1 VISA is subject to the bill recommends setting wage requirements for it too.

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