H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Bill Introduced
The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 introduced by Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell from New Jersey and Republican Dana Rohrabacher from California would prohibit companies from hiring H-1B employees if they employ more than 50 people and more than 50 per cent of their employees are H-1B and L-1 visa holders. In order for this bill to be signed into law, it needs to be passed by the Senate, which has not yet happened. Congressman Pascrell states, “America is producing many skilled, high-tech professionals with advanced degrees and no jobs. By in-sourcing and exploiting foreign workers, some businesses are abusing the visa programs and undercutting our workforce to reap the rewards”…”Without the critical reforms our bill proposes, American workers will continue to be unfairly displaced and visa workers will continue to be mistreated — both of which are unacceptable.”
Pascrell and Rohrabacher had introduced a similar version of this bill in 2010, which could not gain enough support in the Congress. The lawmakers said the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 would close loopholes in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and visa holders, require more transparency in the recruitment of foreign workers, and increase penalties on those who violate the law.
Buda Law Group understands that the revenue model of the majority of big IT companies is heavily dependent on H-1B and L1 visas in the US. Thus, such a bill is likely to have a major impact on many businesses that employ using the H1B or L1 work visas. Buda Law Group urges parties who are considering H-1B and L1 visas to call us with any questions, especially if they are applying for companies that have a large number of employees.
John B. Buda, Esq.
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Arcadia, CA 91007