Just when you thought the quota, the lottery system, the very expensive application costs, and the uber-confusing legal procedures made getting an H-1B visa difficult enough—now there’s more. The recently-passed economic stimulus bill now contains restrictions aimed at deterring companies that receive bailout money from hiring H-1B workers. Bottom line: it’s going to take a hell of a lot more luck for non-Americans to get a job here.
As the country’s unemployment rate steadily increases, the government is becoming more and more protective of its national workforce, and, as a result, more wary of foreign workers. In fact, the initial proposal, by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), planned to bar companies that receive bailout funds from hiring any H-1B workers. The current amendment is a little softer—it just makes it very difficult to hire them. Supporters of the bill insist that, with the current plethora of laid-off workers, companies should be able to easily find the kind of talent they’d find in foreign workers. Opponents, however, like the American Immigration Lawyers Association argue that the restrictions “would prove to be counterproductive as it prevents the US companies to hire the best available global talent.”
What do you think? Does this bill affect you?
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