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House Committee Approves Bipartisan H-1B Visa Reform Bill

by Countable | 11.15.17

The House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday morning to approve the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, which would overhaul the H-1B visa program.

Currently, the H-1B visa program requires employers to recruit and hire qualified American workers before asking for more H-1B visas, and promise not to layoff U.S. employees to replace them with H-1B workers within a certain timeframe. But employers can avoid those requirements by hiring "exempt" H-1B workers who have earned a masters degree or higher, or would be paid $60,000 or more annually.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Scott Peters (D-CA), would eliminate the masters degree exemption and increase the salary threshold to $100,000.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte offered the following statement after the bill’s passage on a voice vote:

"Our immigration programs must put American workers and our nation’s interests first, and unfortunately that is not the case currently with the H-1B visa program. The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act makes much-needed reforms to the H-1B program to curtail abuse of the system and protect American workers.”

It’s not yet clear when the bill will be brought to the House floor, but you can read more about it below, or hit the Take Action button to tell your reps whether they should support it.

— Eric Revell

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  • Bob
    11/15/2017
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    US companies should help AMERICANS to qualify.

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  • Lynne
    04/08/2018
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    The H-1b visa program should be eliminated. Too many young American workers are unemployed. Not enough IT American workers is a myth. This generation is unable to find the work they earned degrees for, some have student debt. This is an outdated program.

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  • Doris
    11/15/2017
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    While I’m for helping others, we need to help our own first before we help others. As the saying goes “charity begins at home”.

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  • Sheryl
    11/16/2017
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    You will never ever convince me that we don’t have qualified Americans for every job in this country. STOP driving down wages by bringing immigrants to this country. ONLY the most exceptional immigrants should be allowed, such as Stephen Hawking-types.

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  • S
    11/15/2017
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    What happens to the trump when he can’t use this to fill his mar a logo staff of waiters and housekeepers or will he be the exception? He already ignores the law and congressional directives so I have no doubt that he will ignore this too. Congress - He hasn’t complied with your directive to have Russian sanctions. Due date has come and gone. Do you plan to address this or just stand around sucking your thumbs?

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  • Austin
    11/15/2017
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    I’d prefer to reward the person who put in the effort and earned a Masters Degree...

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  • KansasTamale
    11/16/2017
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    What a bunch of crap. We’re deporting people, including veterans who have fought FOR AMERICA, and bid they std going to change the BH-1Visa. What is wrong with you all. The fact that Trump brings in hundreds of people to run Mara Lago and no one says a word especially since his people did NOT FOLLOW THE LAW & REALLY DID NOT ADVERTISE FOR AMERICAN WORKERS.

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  • Azrael
    11/16/2017
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    But who will work in trump properties?

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  • Jesse
    11/15/2017
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    i somewhat support this

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