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Effect Of the US Immigration Bill 2013 On the American And Indian Economy

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Eight U.S. senators from the Republican and Democratic parties have submitted a new bill,i.e., the US Immigration Bill 2013, to overhaul the immigration system, with a focus on immigrant work skills and improved border security. The proposed legislation is 844 pages long.
Under the new proposal, the cap on H-1B visas would nearly double from 65,000 to 110,000, and could rise to 180,000 if certain conditions are met.
Spouses of people holding H-1B visas would be given the right to work and they would not count against the cap on H 1-B visas, if in turn, their country of origin allows the spouses of U.S. nationals working in that country to hold employment.

The Americans feel the top H-1B and L-1 employers are using the programme to substitute tens of thousands of high-wage, high skilled American jobs and give them to non-Americans. The bill proposes that a company that employs 50 or more employees in the United States may not hire additional H-1B or L-visa employees if the number of such employees exceeds: (1) 75% of the total number of employees for FY2015, (2) 65% of the total number of employees for FY2016, and (3) 50% of the total number of employees for each subsequent fiscal year.

These provisions are seen as directly targeting Indian information technology companies. While the U.S. operations of these companies form a large percentage of their revenue, the majority of their employees in the U.S. are foreign workers, mostly from India, working on company sponsored, temporary work visas. The new bill seeks to reduce this number to 50 per cent by 2016, forcing Indian IT companies to hire employees locally in the U.S. Even more damaging than the effort to restrict the number of foreign workers is the so-called outplacement restriction that prohibits any…...

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