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Senate's big immigration bill seeks to crackdown on offshore outsourcing

Patrick Thibodeau | April 17, 2013
The U.S. Senate's comprehensive immigration bill would make major changes to the H-1B visa that are certain to upset some and possibly please others.

Daniel Costa, an immigration policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, said he was encouraged by the creation of an H-1B job database.

"That will bring some much needed transparency and credibility to the program," said Costa, "Since employers aren't required to recruit US workers before petitioning for an H-1B, it's hard to know to what extent they actually are."

But Costa said the increased fees for H-1B visas on visa dependent firms "are nominal, and not much of a penalty" and argued that an employer can more than recoup the cost with lower wages.

 

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