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The H-1B visa program is meant to help U.S. companies recruit highly skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers. However, based on previous data, many foreign companies with subsidiaries in the U.S. and qualified nonprofit organizations are outsourcing American jobs at an alarming rate by decreasing wages and opportunities for Americans with the same skill sets as they import more foreign workers under this program.

“While H-1B employers are required to pay foreign workers at market value, the fact is that flooding the labor market serves to drive down wages and limit opportunities for American workers,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “There is no shortage of Americans who have technical skills or are currently acquiring them in U.S. schools. The H-1B visa program should not be exploited for business objectives while many qualified Americans are struggling to find employment.”

The case is FAIR v. USCIS, No. 18-0876 (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia).

For additional information, contact: Brian Lonergan • 202-232-5590 • blonergan@irli.org

http://www.irli.org/single-post/2018/04/18/US-Job-Seekers-Struggle-as-Foreign-IT-Workers-Stream-In

 

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