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NFAP: EMPLOYERS HAVE PAID OVER $3 BILLION IN MANDATORY FEES TO HIRE SKILLED FOREIGN NATIONALS IN PAST DECADE

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The National Foundation for American Policy has issued a report showing that in addition to meeting prevailing wage requirements, employers hiring H-1Bs are paying mandated government fees that have amounted to more than $3 billion over the last ten years. According to the report, most of that money is being paid in to the H-1B Training/Scholarship fund. Employers with more than 25 employees pay a $1500 tax (smaller ones pay $750) that gets allocated for the fund that provides grants to help retrain US workers in areas that are in greater demand. The amount of money paid into that fund has nearly doubled over the last ten years. Another $772 million has gone in to a fraud prevention and detection fund.  And NFAP is not even counting actual filing fees or premium processing fees which would bring the total to close to $4 billion.


NFAP reports that the fees have funded scholarships for 58,000 Americans and provided job training for more than 100,000 others. Another 216,000 students (K-12) have benefited from funding National Science Foundation progams designed to foster early interest in math an science.


Also, given that employers are mandated to pay lawyer fees which often exceed the government filing fees, the argument that the H-1B program is a source of cheap labor is not a strong one.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Much cheaper to move the jobs abroad. The Sixty minutes story on sunday did not raise this issue. However, when they were talking about taxes being too high in America as the reason for moving jobs abroad, they were also talking about this issue!
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    One of the worst run states in the country as far as corruption is concerned and this guy Murdock sounds like one of those Texas criminals on death row.....

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/immigration/6507-qanglosq-finished-in-texas-states-future-qlooks-bleakq

    He does not talk about what caused the Texans to be in this predicament! Typical of death row inmates!
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