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Proposed legislation aims to change H-1B program

For those who move to a new country to find work, many challenges can arise. Aside from financial hurdles, working through the application process, adjusting to life and leaving behind family members and friends, some people may encounter problems due to changing laws. Whether someone is planning on moving to Miami-Dade for a job, or any other Florida locale, it is essential for them to be aware of their rights as well as their responsibilities and do whatever they can to handle any problems appropriately.

Two congressmen from California are pushing legislation that would result in significant changes to the H-1B visa program. The legislation, which saw resistance from congress when it was introduced in 2016, aims to curtail alleged abuse by putting a number of restrictions into place.

Under the proposed legislation, the master's degree exemption would be done away with and the minimum annual salary for those who hold an H-1B visa would be raised to $100,000. Presently, employers are able to hire workers under the H-1B visa program and pay them $60,000 each year.

People who move to the U.S. on a work visa may have a tremendous amount of stress due to legal issues that affect them. However, anyone going through this should try to remain calm and take a close look at any options they have. It can be hard to deal with these matters, especially for professionals who do not have much free time, but reaching out to a legal professional may help workers in this position.

Source:, "US H-1B visa Bill reintroduced to crackdown on work visa abuse; to raise salary threshold," Jan. 5, 2017

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