Congress Axes Amendment To Triple H-1B Visa Fees - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Business & Finance

Congress Axes Amendment To Triple H-1B Visa Fees

The additional $3,500 that employers would've been charged for each H-1B visa had been earmarked to fund scholarship programs for U.S. students.

Looks like Congress will remove from a spending bill a controversial amendment that would've more than tripled fees paid by employers for each H-1B visa applicant and created a new scholarship program for U.S. students pursuing tech-related degrees.

U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees hammering out compromises for a $150-billion-plus appropriations bill have dropped from its final conference report an amendment that would've hiked H-1B visas fees to $5,000 from the current $1,500.

H-1B visas are the most common visa sought by employers to bring foreign technology professionals into the U.S. to work temporarily.

The additional $3,500 that employers would've been charged for each H-1B visa had been earmarked to fund scholarship programs for U.S. students, including the proposed merit-based American Competitiveness Scholarship.

That new scholarship program would've enabled the National Science Institute to award qualified American students with scholarships of up to $15,000 annually to pursue degrees in computer science, mathematics, engineering, nursing and medicine.

The dropped Grassley-Sanders Amendment, co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), had been passed by the Senate twice before -- in May as part of Congress' ill-fated comprehensive immigration reform bill, and just last month as part of its version of the labor, health and human services and education appropriations bill.

Raising the cap on H-1B visas -- along with many other assorted proposals, including H-1B anti-abuse, anti-fraud provisions, and changes in green-card processes and policies, were all part of controversial and comprehensive immigration reform legislation that Congress had been considering earlier this year.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
IT Careers: Top 10 US Cities for Tech Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/14/2020
Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2020
James Kobielus, Research Director, Futurum,  1/9/2020
What's Next: AI and Data Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/30/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll