H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois intend to introduce the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act aimed at improving the Department of Labor ability to crack down on abuses in the H-1B and L-1 visa program. The bill appears to be enforcement focused and similar to prior bill that was rejected last year.
• It would require employers to make a good faith effort to hire American workers prior to filing H or L visa petitions,
• The proposed bill would add restrictions or freeze on companies with more than 50% of its workforce is H or L visas holders.
• It would expand powers of the Department of Labor to investigate employers suspected of violations.
• Finally, it would establish a process to audit foreign companies hiring L-1 visa workers to insure that such companies are not using the L visa program to circumvent wage safeguards placed on the H-1B program.

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