10/23/2005

H-1B Visa Cap May Grow To 95,000

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:24 pm

U.S. senators this week endorsed a proposal that’s long been a favorite of technology companies: a bigger pool of foreign workers.

A spending measure approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee will boost the cap on H-1B visas for highly skilled guest workers by about half–from 65,000 to 95,000.

The proposal would also raise H-1B application fees for U.S. employers by $500, which supporters described as a way to offset spending and avoid sizable increases in the federal budget deficit.

The changes won’t take effect unless the full Senate–and later, a conference with the House of Representatives–approves. That may be easier said than done, as the House’s version does not currently provide for a change in the H-1B visa cap. The next step for the bill is debate in the Senate Budget Committee, currently scheduled for Wednesday.

Source: News.com

 

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