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Congress Moving Forward on Bipartisan H-1B Reform Bill

The U.S. Congress has gathered bipartisan support toward passing a bill aimed at reforming the H-1B visa program. The overall goal of the bill is to curb H-1B visas for large companies that outsource labor, such as Indian tech firms, while retaining the ability of U.S. companies to hire foreign workers at at an increased wage and higher burden of proof.

Among the proposed changes would be to raise the minimum salary for an H-1B worker from $60,000 to $90,000. The minimum H-1B wage has not been increased for more than 25 years. Firms would retain the ability to pay a lower wage, but would have to first prove that they have attempted to hire American workers for the position. The bill would also increase the threshold for large "H-1B dependent" employers from 15% to 20%.

Read more at Mercury News.


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