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Government signals H-1B visa crackdown

Joe Mont | April 5, 2017

The Department of Labor has announced plans “to protect U.S. workers from H-1B program discrimination” by mandating greater transparency and oversight.

The visa program in question allows employers to hire highly skilled foreign workers in specialty occupations. H-1B visas authorize the temporary employment of qualified individuals who are not otherwise authorized to work in the U.S.

“In recent years, some employers have used the H-1B program to hire foreign workers despite American workers being qualified and available for work or even to replace American workers,” the Labor Department wrote in an April 4 statement. It “fully supports the Department of Justice in cautioning employers who petition for H-1B visas not to discriminate against U.S. workers,” as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s “measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse.”

The announcement, along with others emerging from government agencies in recent days, will...

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