Issa bill to increase the minimum wage for H-1B visa dependent firms

July 27, 2016 5:33 pm | Updated 5 years ago.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) initiated a bill this week, popularly known as the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act”. This new law has been brought about to make major changes in the existing law introduced in 1998. The US Congress in 1998 has raised the H-1B visa cap and had also set some questionable rules. The rules prohibited firms from employing more than 15% or more visa workers but on the other hand it also it laid down clauses which allowed the removal of a US worker. The controversial rule stated that if a visa holder has a master’s degree or the company is paying the visa holder $60,000, then he can rightfully replace a US worker.

The new law raises the minimum salary of visa holders to $100,000 and does away with the master’s degree clause. Few co-sponsors of the bill introduced by Issa are U.S. Reps. Scott Peters, Jared Polis, Juan Vargas, and Duncan Hunter.

IT firms like Accenture and IBM employ a large number of US workforces aren’t subject to H-1B visa rules as they employ less than 15% of their workforce. Issa’s bill is the second H-1B proposal to make during the last one month.


Date of Publication:  July 22, 2016