Hatch-1B

As he nears retirement, Sen. Orrin Hatch is pulling out all the stops to earn his corporate golden parachute:

“The bill, according to a draft obtained by Axios:

  • Increases the number of H-1B visas permitted to as much as 195,000 per year instead of the current 85,000 per year, including exemptions.
  • Allows the spouses of H-1B workers to legally work in the U.S. Currently, spouses of H-1B holders with a pending green card are allowed to work in the U.S., but DHS is expected to end this practice next month.
  • Eliminates the per-country caps for green cards, which has created a backlog of applicants
  • Increases visa fees to provide almost $1 billion toward STEM education and U.S. worker training programs.
  • Allows unused, but approved, green cards from previous years to be reissued.
  • Expands the cap for researchers and those who have advanced degrees.
  • Raises the minimum salary that H1-B dependent firms must pay their visa workers to $100,00 and requires that the salary be increased based on inflation every three years. This specifically targets the India-based outsourcing firms who are H-1B dependent, meaning more than 15% of their workforce are visa holders.
  • The bill makes it easier for H-1B workers to move to other companies without the threat of losing their visa sponsor.
  • Calls for a study within a year of the bill’s enactment, which would reevaluate which kinds of jobs are eligible for H1B workers.
  • Simplifies the process for employers petitioning for H-1B workers.
  • Requires that companies applying for H-1B visas be able to show that they made efforts to recruit Americans to the same positions first.”

Where do you think he will he end up next?


Source: Occidental Dissent

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