All Information (Except Text) for S.2266 - H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 11/10/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 11/10/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015
Actions Overview (1)
|11/10/2015||Introduced in Senate|
11/10/2015 Introduced in Senate
All Actions (1)
|11/10/2015||Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.|
Action By: Senate
11/10/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
|Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]*||11/10/2015|
|Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]*||11/10/2015|
|Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]*||11/10/2015|
|Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]*||11/10/2015|
|Sen. Sessions, Jeff [R-AL]||11/16/2015|
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|Senate Judiciary||11/10/2015||Referred to|
Subject — Policy Area:
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- Administrative law and regulatory procedures
- Administrative remedies
- Civil actions and liability
- Congressional oversight
- Department of Labor
- Foreign labor
- Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
- Government studies and investigations
- Immigration status and procedures
- Science and engineering education
- User charges and fees
- Visas and passports
- Wages and earnings
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Introduced in Senate (11/10/2015)
H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015
This bill amends the the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise employer and government requirements regarding visas for nonimmigrant aliens rated H-1B (specialty occupation) and L-1 (intracompany transfer to the United States from abroad).
H-1B employer application requirements are revised.
The bill establishes an H-1B visa allocation system, with first priority reserved for aliens who have earned an advanced degree in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from a U.S. institution of higher education.
The bill requires completion of a U.S. degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) as a qualification for "specialty occupation" eligibility, eliminating experience in a specialty as an equivalent to the completion of such a degree.
The bill prescribes an H-1B labor condition application fee.
The Department of Labor may issue subpoenas and seek appropriate injunctive relief and specific performance of contractual obligations to ensure H-1B employer compliance.
The period of authorized admission for an H-1B nonimmigrant is reduced from six to three years, with a three-year extension available for aliens with extraordinary ability or with advanced degrees, or professors.
The bill denies an H-1B visa to any alien normally classifiable as an H-1 nonimmigrant who seeks U.S. admission to provide services in a specialty occupation.
Labor may investigate applications for fraud and conduct H-1B compliance audits.
Labor shall conduct annual audits of companies with more than 100 employees who work in the United States if more than 15% of those employees are H-1B nonimmigrants.
The bill increases certain employer penalties, including the penalty for displacing a U.S. worker.
An employer that violates any H-1B requirement shall be liable to the harmed employee for lost wages and benefits.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shall give Labor any information in materials submitted by H-1B employers as part of the petition adjudication process that indicates employer noncompliance with H-1B visa program requirements.
Labor may hire 200 additional employees to administer H-1B programs.
The bill prohibits an employer, unless it receives a waiver from Labor, from hiring an L-1 nonimmigrant for more than one year who will: (1) serve in a capacity involving specialized knowledge, and (2) be stationed primarily at the worksite of an employer other than the petitioning employer.
No employer may replace a U.S. worker with an L-1 worker.
The bill prescribes L-1 requirements regarding: (1) employer petitions for employment at a new office, (2) wage rates and working conditions, and (3) employer penalties.
Labor may initiate an L-1 employer investigation.
Authority to administer L-1 visa blanket petitions is transferred from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security.