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Indian guy.jpgH-1B workers in the information technology field are better educated and earn more money than US workers in IT field, according to a new report by the Public Policy institute of California. However, the report is not without its critics.

The report found that the average wage income of an H-1B IT worker is 10 percent higher than that of a US worker. The report also shows that the average age of an H-1B IT worker is 30, while the average US IT worker is age 40. Less than 25 percent of US workers have a graduate degree, while nearly 50 percent of H-1B workers have a graduate degree.
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dreamstime_21176[1].JPGPresident Obama proposed to eliminate country-specific caps for certain immigrant visa categories to stimulate small-business growth. Country-specific immigrant caps are limits on the number of immigrant visa the United States will grant each year. According to a White House statement, the purpose is to attract more high skilled foreign workers, including entrepreneurs to the United States. Employers, especially those in the technology business, complain that these caps prevent them from hiring skilled workers and growing their companies in the United States.

Obama called for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and if this is not politically possible, he will seek reforms in smaller steps. “If election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses and defend this country,” Obama said.
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US Supreme Court.jpgWith the rise of H-1B visa audits, H-1B visa site visits and Labor Condition Application (LCA) investigations, the US Department of Labor (USDOL) Wage & Hourly Division (WH) is becoming more veracious in prosecuting employers suspected of violating LCA regulations. In this escalated enforcement environment, an immigration lawyer defending employers in H-1B visa audits must be a seasoned litigant. Having fiercely defended H-1B visa audit cases during the past several years, I can speak with authority on the subject. It is my belief that once an investigation is launched against an employer, the USDOL will rarely agree to walk away empty handed unless forced to do so by vigorous and aggressive litigation. H-1B visa dependent employers are more vulnerable and stand to receive more scrutiny as well as WH determinations carrying higher fines and back wages.

Some of the employer practices which I commonly see causing the launching of H-1B visa audits include benching of employees, paying employees “per diem” compensation instead of payroll, failing to file a new LCA once the employee changes employment, and failing to pay the employee after the H-1B visa petition is approved.
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