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June 2013


June 4, 2013 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

Senate Bill on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Moves out of the Judiciary Committee into the Full Senate

During several weeks of debate, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a number of proposed amendments to the employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant provisions of the comprehensive immigration reform bill known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  The Committee adopted several key amendments, including a proposal requiring employers to disclose their company name, address, and other details when posting H-1B positions to a mandatory recruitment website.  A proposal to increase the proposed labor certification fee, from $500 to $1,000, was also passed.  Defeated was a plan to require annual audits of at least one percent of all H-1B and L-1 employers (in addition to high-volume H and L employers, who are already subject to audits elsewhere in the bill), as was an amendment to eliminate the provision permitting employers to exempt “intending immigrants” from the calculations used for determining H-1B dependency and high-volume H-1B and L-1 usage.

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