01 March, 2021

Big Wage Wall On Ellis Island

A proposed US visa law attacks Indian companies

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Big Wage Wall On Ellis Island

In what is seen as one more attack on H1B visa seekers, the US government is set to pass yet another bill that will make it even more difficult for Indian companies to send people to their projects in the US.

The new legislation, Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, HR 170, introduced by Republican U.S. Representative ­Darrell Issa, was passed by voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee of the US Congress ­earlier this week. The bill proposes to raise the ­minimum salary of H1B visa ­holders from $60,000 to $90,000, and also to tighten the work vis­as used by a slew of Indian companies to send ­their workers to the US.

While the bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law, it already has ­Indian companies in a bind and ­concerned over its implications.

Experts feel that HR 170 would harm US businesses and impose an extraordinary amount of bureaucratic red tape on a programme that contributes greatly to the country’s prosperity. It could disrupt the marketplace, threaten ­thousands of US jobs and stifle US...

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