Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) met with the Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta to discuss stricter reform for the H-1B program which provides 85,000 visas each year to foreign national workers in areas such as technology and engineering. Sen. Grassley is working to gain momentum and support from the White House for his H1-B reform bill he’s co-sponsored with Senator Dick Durbin. For details on the bill, visit congress.gov for S.180 – H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017.
On the flip side, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has his own H1-B bill in the works and has also discussed H1-Bs with White House officials. The bill would expand the number of H-1B from 65,000 to 115,000 with the possibility of increasing to 195,000 in strong economic years. In addition, the 20,000-visa cap for applicants with advanced credentials would be lifted.
The pressure is on for the administration to reform a temporary visa program to align with its, “Buy American, Hire American” motto. Let’s see who wins the battle royale.
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