US introduces bill to prevent Indian firms from hiring staff on H-1B, L1 visas


New Delhi: A legislation, which if passed by the Congress, would prevent Indian companies from hiring IT professionals on H-1B and L1 visas has been introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of US lawmakers.

The Bill limits the rule to companies that have more than 50 employees, but if passed, could adversely impact Indian Information Technology firms in the US, who bring in a large number of their workers from India on these visas.

Republican Dana Rohrabacher and Democrat Bill Pascrell introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016, saying “skilled, high-tech professionals” from the US have no jobs because companies bring in workers from abroad. A similar Bill was introduced in 2010, but it did not get passed. For a Bill to be passed in the US, it needs to be passed by the House of Representatives, then the Senate, and finally signed by President Barack Obama.