US Elections to Decide Fate of Bill Seeking Better Terms for H-1B Visa Holders
With the US mid-term elections coming up next week, the fate of the Coffman-Krishnamoorthi bill, which is being closely watched by thousands of Indians who’re waiting on long green card queues, hangs in balance.
Representatives Mike Coffman, a Republican Congressman from Colorado, and Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, had introduced the ‘Immigration Innovation Act of 2018’ in September.
Now, all the 435 seats of the US House of Representatives are up for elections on November 6. Though once the US Congress adjourns after elections, all bills in the House and Senate which have not gone through the legislation process will have to be reintroduced; the chances of that are high if the bill’s sponsors — or, at least one of them — are re-elected.
TCS is Among Top 10 Firms to Get Foreign Labor Certification for H-1B Visas
Tata Consultancy Services is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018, according to data from the US Department of Labour. The H-1B visas are the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.
The visa programme allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the US on a non-immigrant basis in specialty occupations or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability. London-headquartered Ernst and Young, a multinational professional services firm, has emerged as the top employer to have received the certification.
In fact, Ernst and Young with 151,164 H-1B specialist occupation labour certifications accounted for the 12.4 per cent of all foreign labour certification for the H-1B work visas for the fiscal year 2018 ending on September 30, according to the latest annual report released by the Department of Labour early this month. Ernest and Young is followed by Deloitte Consulting which received 69,869 H-1B specialty occupations labour conditions programme.