Lot of misinformation about H1B does lot of good for US: Utah senator

"I think it's important for us to understand that overall the (H-1B Visa) programme does a lot of good for our country," said Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator from Utah.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:May 27, 2017 6:16 pm
H-1B visa, Indian IT professional is US, Work Visa for US, H-1B visa and Indians, H-1B visa news, International news, World news, latest news, US President Donald Trump, “Will you commit to work with me to reform the (H-1B) programme to make it easier for employers to hire the high-skilled workers they need, and harder for bad actors to misuse the system?” said Orrin Hatch. (Source: File photo)

Acknowledging that there is a “lot of misinformation” about H-1B, a top American Senator has said that this popular work visa, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, has benefited the US.

Last month, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop “visa abuses”.

Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator from Utah, said he has been a long proponent of reforms in the H-1B visas.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the intent and effect of the H-1B programme. I think it’s important for us to understand that overall the programme does a lot of good for our country,” Hatch said during a Congressional hearing this week.

“We just need to make sure it’s used correctly. That’s what I’d like to do,” Hatch said during the confirmation hearing for Lee Francis Cissna, for the position of Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“I’ve long been a proponent of high-skilled immigration reform. Our H-1B programme is badly outdated. It doesn’t provide enough high-skilled workers to meet demand. And it doesn’t do enough to tamp down various abuses,” he said.

The Republican Senator from Utah is author of Immigration Innovation Act, or I-Squared Act.

It “attacks each of these problems head on,” he said adding that he is preparing it for reintroduction in the near future.

Hatch asked Cissna if he agreed with him that the intent of the H-1B programme is to enable employers to fill jobs for which there is a shortage of American labour and to hire workers with the skill sets employers need to grow their businesses?

“I do agree with that principle, yes,” Cissna added.

“Will you commit to work with me to reform the (H-1B) programme to make it easier for employers to hire the high-skilled workers they need, and harder for bad actors to misuse the system?” Hatch asked.

“I will absolutely commit to working with you on that. Those are all appropriate goals for the programme. Yes,” Cissna said.

Trump said his administration is going to enforce ‘Hire American’ rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US.

The executive order also called upon the Departments of Labour, Justice, Homeland Security, and State to take action against fraud and abuse of our visa programmes.

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    Fa Williams
    May 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    They should call this the _ _ck over American workers act. Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!!
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      Fa Williams
      May 28, 2017 at 9:34 pm
      They should call this the ck over American workers act. Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!!Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!!Traitor!!!Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!!Traitor!!! Traitor!!!
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        brahmputra
        May 28, 2017 at 2:48 am
        Yes, he feels good because US govt get 15 of ry to fill Their Social security coffer which they looted to balance the US budget by great president Ronald Regan. No wonder, AK & Lalu' s company can get inspired from them.
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          lafanga
          May 28, 2017 at 12:48 am
          It's the bottom line for the US companies. They can get 5 Indian techies doing a job of one American and still pay peanuts compared to US citizens. This is the attraction. Out of all the Indian tech workers that do end up going to US only around 20 are qualified.
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            lafanga
            May 28, 2017 at 12:49 am
            20 percent.
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              R S
              May 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm
              If 80 are unqualified, how do the US companies benefit by hiring them? Your argument doesn't make sense.
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              st
              May 27, 2017 at 11:23 pm
              Why are we so dependent on Foreign Countries? Try to create more good jobs in Mother India for skilled Indians.
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                R
                May 28, 2017 at 1:13 am
                Because there are no jobs in India!And there are predictions of 2 lakh retrenchments each year.!!!!!Get it!?
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                George Cruz
                May 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm
                The truth is that the Indian IT workers are highly qualified, hard working, with fair US pay structure are highly sought out by the major high tech organizations. Yes, the US needs Indian as well as Chinese highly qualified professionals.
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                  Tony Hawkins
                  May 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm
                  As long as there are stupid managers who believe that people are interchangable (cattle to be hearded around) and that design and engineering is like manfacturing plastic toys, the US will continue the "race to the bottom". Properly inforcing the intent of the H1/L1 visas will help, but not eliminate the decay.
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