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Don't Forget About Visa Reform
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eherreraisg
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eherreraisg,
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11/19/2013 | 8:33:51 PM
Re: Servitude?
There are competing versions of the bill--not just one--but I don't believe any of them address switching jobs while on an H1-B...yet.
eherreraisg
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eherreraisg,
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11/19/2013 | 8:32:03 PM
Re: On the Agenda?
I don't expect anything will even be debated until after the 2014 elections. We are looking at 2015 as the most likely time, but even then it might not pass. With one of the major parties deeply divided over the issue, there probably aren't enough votes in the House for it right now.

The INFY settlement made headlines but barely a blip on the industry--pretty much business as usual. I had expected competitors to pounce on the news but they have been strangely slient.
Alison Diana
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Alison Diana,
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11/19/2013 | 9:58:19 AM
On the Agenda?
With so many powerful lobbyists working to get this pushed through, when can we expect movement again? Also, what effect -- if any -- will last month's agreement by Infosys have? To recap: The Indian outsourcing firm agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement after federal prosecutors in Texas found it had committed "systemic visa fraud and abuse" when bringing temporary workers from India for jobs in American businesses, according to the NYTimes. "

"Infosys "knowingly and unlawfully" brought Indian workers into the United States on business visitor visas since 2008, which avoided the higher costs and delays of a longer-term employment visa the workers should have had. They will charge that Infosys systematically submitted misleading information to American immigration authorities and consular officials to obtain the faster visas, unfairly gaining a competitive edge and undercutting American workers qualified for the jobs."
 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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11/15/2013 | 1:31:29 PM
Servitude?
Does the immigration reform bill address the way that H1B workers are prevented from pursuing employment at companies other than their sponsor, creating a form of indentured servitude?


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