Highlights of High-Tech Visa
- Highlights of
High-Tech Visa Bill
- By The Associated Press
- The high-tech visa bill passed by the Senate would:
- --Raise the number of new six-year H-1B visas that
- the Immigration and Naturalization Service can issue
- annually to 195,000 for the next three years.
- --Foreigners who received at least a master's
- degree from a U.S. college or university, or who
- work for a U.S. institution of higher education,
- would be exempted from the cap.
- --Extend a $500 fee for each visa. The fees are
- projected to generate $450 million over the three
- years to pay for 60,000 scholarships for U.S.
- students and training programs for 150,000 U.S.
- --For delays of a year or more in INS processing,
- the bill allows extensions for workers to remain in
- the country while employers work on their behalf to
- obtain other types of visas.
- --The Department of Labor would be responsible
- for investigating the program. Fraudulently obtained
- visas would be returned to the pool available.
- AP-NY-10-03-00 1532EDT !--END-->
- At 04:07 PM 10/3/00 -0400, Hill, Donald W wrote:
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- >This morning, the Senate passed the H-1B legislation.
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- >actions taken and
- >the actions yet to be decided in the House.
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- >Senate Passes High-Tech Visa Bill
- > By BART JANSEN, Associated Press Writer
- > WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate passed election-year
- >Tuesday to provide nearly 600,000 new visas over the next
- >years for foreign workers sought by the burgeoning
- > ``There is overwhelming unanimity that we must act in
- >fashion if we are to keep our economy strong,'' said Sen.
- >Abraham, R-Mich.
- > The 96-1 vote, while expected, followed weeks of
- >wrangling over efforts by Democrats to also allow more
- >immigrants and political refugees to remain in the United
- > ``The short-term problem is how to fill the key
- >immediately so that we don't lose opportunities to
- >competitors or so that we don't force American businesses
- >offshore to where skilled workers might live,'' Abraham
- > Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats ``have tried to
- >this into a political brouhaha, which it didn't
- > But Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who supported the visa
- >expressed disappointment that it lacked measures to
- >immigrants. ``I think the majority made a terrible mistake
- >regard,'' he said.
- > Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., cast the lone vote
- >bill. Sens. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.; Edward M. Kennedy,
- >and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., did not vote.
- > The Senate bill would allow the Immigration and
- >Service to issue up to 195,000 six-year temporary visas
- >for the next three years to skilled foreign workers. The
- >would exempt from the cap foreign graduates of U.S.
- >doctoral programs or foreign workers at U.S.
- > Under present law, the government issued 115,000 H-1B
- >during the fiscal year that ended Saturday. With no new
- >the ceiling would fall to 107,500 this year and to 65,000
- > An alternate House bill, vehemently opposed by
- >companies, would lift the ceiling entirely on the six-year
- >but condition them to employers' paying the immigrants at
- >$40,000 a year and not using them to replace Americans on
- >payrolls. It was approved by the House Judiciary
- > Technology companies contend that 300,000 jobs are
- >unfilled for lack of qualified workers; labor unions argue
- >companies want more immigrants to put downward pressure on
- >wages of Americans holding the same jobs.
- > Despite bipartisan support for letting high-tech
- >major campaign contributors to both parties this election
- >more immigrants, House Republicans have disagreed among
- >on how to do it.
- > The bill approved by the Judiciary Committee would
- >companies using the visas to increase the median pay of
- >workers in addition to establishing job projections for
- > ``I am disappointed that the Senate would increase the
- >foreign high-tech workers without including any safeguards
- >American workers,'' said Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chief
- >of the Judiciary panel's measure.
- > Reps. David Dreier, R-Calif., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.,
- >sponsoring House legislation supported by high-tech
- >similar to the Senate bill. GOP leaders have refused to
- >out of committee for fear that Democrats would try to use
- >force votes on other immigration measures and make
- >anti-Hispanic in an election year.
- > Democrats in both chambers said last week they will try
- >some of the measures in one of the spending bills that
- >must pass before adjourning for the year. They include
- >to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants who arrived in the
- >States before 1987 and offer permanent residency to more
- >refugees from Central America and Haiti.
- > ``From a public policy point of view, it worries me
- >computer whizzes have more value and dignity than a person
- >cleans toilets or is a gardener,'' said Rep. Luis
- > The visa bills are S.2045, H.R. 3183 and H.R. 4227.
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