US Senate Bill Aims to Plug H1B Loopholes

Senate Bill gives Americans preference for Tech Jobs

Just before Congress departed for its spring recess at the end of last week, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill–which appears to be the first of its kind in the Senate–designed to curb abuse of the controversial worker visa system.

“Our immigration policy should seek to complement our U.S. workforce, not replace it,” Durbin said in a statement.

The 32-page Senate bill would impose a host of additional obligations on employers. They would be required to pledge that they made a “good faith” effort to hire an American before taking on an H-1B worker and that the foreigner was not displacing a prospective U.S. worker.

Employers would also have to advertise job openings for 30 days on the Department of Labor’s Web site before making H-1B visa applications, and they would be prohibited from advertising positions only to H-1B holders.

In addition, companies with 50 or more workers would not be allowed to employ more than half of their staff through H-1B visas.

Nice thoughtful comment on the impact of immigrants on the same article thread.

Update: Some ‘H1B Official Websites’ (via Anthony’s Mirror).

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

http://www.h1b1.com/welcome.htm

http://www.infinitilaw.com/h1bquotacount.html

http://www.buchanan.org/blog/?p=618

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