Issa bill would kill a big H-1B loophole

In 1998, Congress raised the H-1B cap and then set some controversial H-1B visa rules. It prohibited the largest users of H-1B visa — firms employing 15% or more visa workers — from displacing U.S. workers. They also are required to make a “good faith” effort to recruit a U.S. worker for a position.

Congress then inserted a massive loophole.

U.S. workers can be displaced by H-1B-dependent employers — such as IT outsourcing firms — provided the visa holder has a master’s degree or the company pays visa workers at least $ 60,000. This salary level has not changed in 18 years.

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Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.)

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