The USA gives immigrants a surprise yet again! This time, The US Department of Labor is seeking to increase the minimum wages of workers who hold an H-1B or other work permits. A proposal to this effect has already been submitted and the move is expected to have a significant impact on the H-1B visa program.
Though the details of the proposal aren’t out yet, lawyers expect Donald Trump to clear the proposal before the presidential elections due in November 2020. A go-ahead would mean its implementation without public comment, which would be an entirely different treatment considering how other rules are implemented.
The minimum wage and wage levels of E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, and PERM are proposed to be restructured. The issue comes where the aftermath of such restructuring will be putting small to medium-sized businesses under jeopardy as they will find it very hard to pay the wages as per the new level.
To immigrants, this means there will be a lesser intake of H-1B candidates in the US and hence will quash the dreams of international workers willing to work in USA.
The new wage revision will affect the wage levels on which foreign recruits in companies will be paid. Earlier, where the immigrant employees will have started with wage level 1, will now have to be paid starting with level 2 or 3 wages. This will be a burden for many companies, that will be pushed then not to recruit H-1B or similar workers.
The fact that comes out of an analysis of the data collected by US Department of Labor is that 4 out of 5 employers who recruit H-1B visa holders pay them 20% more than the average market salaries.
That shows how things could turn out for H-1B and other work visas once the new wages are implemented.
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