Introducing the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017

Purpose:

A bipartisan group of House representatives introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017 Bill in efforts to reduce fraud and abuse as well as increase transparency in the foreign employee recruitment process.

Proposed Changes that the bill would require

  1. employers to make a good faith effort to recruit and hire American workers before hiring foreign workers;

  2. prohibit employers from replacing American workers with H-1B or L-1 workers;

  3. modify existing H-1B wage requirements;

  4. establish wage requirements for L-1 workers;

  5. prohibit employers from outsourcing H-1B and L-1 visa holders to other sites unless the employer obtains a waiver; and

  6. grant the U.S. departments of Labor and Homeland Security more authority to investigate fraud and abuse in the two visa programs.

Additionally, it would create a new H-1B visa allocation system that prioritizes workers who have earned advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from U.S. schools, would raise penalties on those who violate the law, and would provide visa holders with a list of rights to protect them against mistreatment or underpayment of wages.

Who Would Be Affected:

The proposed changes would affect ALL petitioners of both the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. The H-1B program provides temporary visas for nonimmigrant skilled workers, and the L-1 program provides temporary visas for managers or others with specialized knowledge.

Previous Nonimmigrant Visas Issued

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