Monday, November 16, 2015


Sens. Grassley (R-IA) and Durbin (D-IL) have reproposed a bill aimed at curbing H-1B usage.  The bill creates an H-1B system that greatly expands the regulatory environment surrounding H-1B visas.  Sen. Grassley's bill makes a number of changes to the H-1B system.

Sen. Grassley believes that the H-1B visa is used to replace US workers.  He has long cited a 2008 USCIS Report as evidence of fraud in the H-1B program.  To date, exactly zero prosecutions have resulted from this flimsy report. 

Sen. Grassley proposed bill sets forth a system where employers would have to register and re-register with various government agencies.  It would limit certain employers from hiring H-1B workers and increase enforcement. 

Sen. Grassley’s bill will surely restrict H-1B workers.  It is not clear that it will help US workers.  Any credible study points out that the H-1B usage mirrors the US employment rateThe Economist has picked up on this finding.  A better approach is to ask why US workers no longer move for better opportunities, since most H-1B employer’s value H-1B workers geographical flexibility. 

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