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Will it be necessary to study in the US now to get an H-1B work visa?

A new bill has been introduced in the US Parliament regarding major reforms in the H-1B work visa program, in which the foreigners who work there have the condition of getting education in America itself.

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A new bill has been introduced in the US Parliament regarding major reforms in the H-1B Work Visa Program (H-1B Visa Program), the biggest focus of which foreigners working there to get an education in America itself Is a condition of. If this bill is approved, then it will be difficult for technology professionals from other countries to find jobs in America. Immigrants, ie migrants who apply for this work visa after getting an education in America itself, will be given preference over others.

The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act has been introduced in the US Congress of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Friday, under which the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will allot H-1B visas on a priority basis. Under this new system, preference will be given to foreign youth pursuing higher education in the US, while those who have higher salary or who have an advanced degree or skill will also get the benefit.

In the Senate, it has been introduced by MPs Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin, while in the House of Representatives, MPs – Bill Passrell, Paul Gozer, Ro Khanna, Frank Palone and Lance Gooden.

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What reforms are proposed?

The lawmakers say that through this bill, the H1-B and L-1 visa programs are more regularized, improving the terms of salary and protecting the interests of both American employees and visa holders. The emphasis is on protecting American employees from H1-B and L-1 visa holders. It has been clarified that due to hiring H-1B workers, the status of American workers will not be allowed to be affected.

The bill specifically targets companies that outsource workers on a large scale to H-1B and L-1 visa holders from overseas for temporary training, then return and do the same thing in their countries. . For this, the rule is proposed that in companies with more than 50 employees, if half the employees are H-1B or L-1 Visaholder, then the company cannot hire more such employees.

In this bill, the US Labor Department is proposed to be given more powers under the visa program for auditing, investigation and review of such companies. The department will also have the authority to punish companies.

In addition, it is proposed to fix a pay rate for these visaholder workers under the L-1 visa program and the Department of Homeland Security to be empowered to investigate and take action on workers hired under the visa program, It can be decided that the process of transfer between such companies is valid, the transfer is happening between the legitimate branch of the company, not any external company involved in it. 

There will be a condition to take education in America

The lawmakers who brought the bill say that their goal is not to reduce the shortage of skilled professionals, but to make room for American Skilled Professionals. They allege that some companies are flouting visa program rules in the face of cheap employees. MPs say that this bill will ensure that American companies are providing jobs to the same migrants who have got good and better facilities in American educational institutions. With this, it will be decided that Americans are getting as many opportunities as foreign workers.

Naeem Ur Rehman

Written by Naeem Ur Rehman

Pakistan's youngest blogger and the CEO of Raabta.net. He is currently the student of BS Environmental Sciences at University of the Punjab, Lahore. He is also working as a senior advisor to Aagahi.pk, Mukaalma, and Pylon TV.

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