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Congress taps H-1B fees to pay for legislation

Patrick Thibodeau | Dec. 22, 2010
The H-1B and L-1 visa program is becoming an increasingly important source of money for Congress as it tries to pay for the cost of new legislation, including the pending 9/11 health bill.

The fee increase does create an incentive to for offshore firms to hire U.S. workers, but that was something offshore companies were doing anyway, said Anand Ramesh, research director at Everest Group, an outsourcing consultancy and research firm.

But he said the increased fee itself is having a "negligible' impact on offshore companies, said Ramesh. "We are not seeing services providers trying to do anything different," he said.


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