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Computerworld: I-Squared H-1B Provisions to Be Scaled Back

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Patrick Thibodoeaux over at ComputerWorld is reporting that the Senate will include parts of I-Squared, the legislation that aims to increase H-1Bs and green cards for highly skilled workers. But the plan to raise the H-1B cap and then have an elevator provision that allows it to rise to as high as 300,000 has been modified to just include a hike to 130,000 and not have the elevator language. Also, there will now apparently be some language targeting staffing companies. Influenced by S. 600, a bill introduced this week by Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the bill would allow staffing companies to use the H-1B, but for those with a high percentage of their workers using the H-1B, they would pay higher fees. Firms may be barred from using the H-1B program if they get over a certain threshold (which is not yet settled).


Other provisions on green cards appear to still be part of the package including ending per country quotas and uncapping green cards for US-educated, advanced degree STEM professionals.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    None of this will have any teeth without the repeal of Section 214(b) for foreign students. I will support the Grassley provisions in exchange for the repeal of Section 214(b) and trimming the power of the consular officers.
  2. Aj's Avatar
    Sounds worse than the status quo. Rather than gutting the H1B program, this should be kept out of CIR.
  3. ABS's Avatar
    Dear Greg,
    Do you know if there are any efforts to include visas for Schedule-A candidates?

    Thank you.
  4. Greg's Avatar
    ABS - My trip to DC last week was specifically to work on this issue so I can tell you the answer is yes. But it is a tough fight.
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