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Stricter U.S. Visa Rules

H-1B visa reform legislation is tightening the screws on outsourcing companies.

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Two US senators are reintroducing a stricter H-1B visa reform legislation to require outsourcing companies to hire U.S. citizens and to pay H1-B employees prevailing wages for the work.

The bill proposed by Sen Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and Sen Charles Grassley of will hit Indian outsourcing leaders like TCS, Wipro and Infosys, each of whom sponsors 2,000 to 3,000 H1 B visas every year.

 
“The Durbin-Grassley bill would require all employers seeking to hire an H-1B visa holder to pledge that they have made a good-faith effort to hire American workers first and that the H-1B visa holder will not displace an American worker,” according to a statement released by Sen. Grassley’s office.

Sen Grassley recently asked Microsoft to lay-off foreign H-1B visa workers first before cutting U.S. citizens under its planned 5,000 job reductions.

   

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Business | Magazine | March 2009

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