US engineers body endorses bill for tough H1B visa rules
"This, along with increasing the number of green cards available to high-skill workers, would strengthen job retention and creation in the United States," IEEE-USA president Marc Apter said in a statement endorsing the "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2013," legislation introduced this week by Senators Sherrod Brown and Chuck Grassley.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-USA is the largest body of electrical and electronics engineers in the US.
The bill "aims to close loopholes in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and for visa holders, and require more transparency in the recruitment of foreign workers," IEEE-USA said. Among other things, the bill would require all companies to make a good-faith effort to hire Americans first, prohibit employers from advertising only to H-1B visa holders, require that wages paid to H-1B holders and US citizens be essentially the same and prohibit companies from outsourcing visa holders to other companies.
Among other things, the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform At of 2013 ensures that an H-1B application filed by an employer that employs 50 or more US workers will not be accepted unless the employer attests that less than 50 percent of the employer's workforce are H-1B and L visa holders.
The bill requires an L visa holder to prove that a legitimate business
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