H-1B Visa Program: Reforms are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program

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DIANE Publishing, 2011 - 118 pages
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Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued at 65,000/year. Since then, the cap has fluctuated with legislative changes. This study assesses the impact of the cap on the ability of domestic companies to innovate, while ensuring that U.S. workers are not disadvantaged. It examines what is known about: (1) employer demand for H-1B workers; (2) how the cap affects employer costs and decisions to move operations overseas; (3) H-1B worker characteristics and the potential impact of raising the cap; and (4) how well requirements of the H-1B program protect U.S. workers. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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