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Stringent H1B visa norms in US to impact non-IT workers

CHENNAI: Apart from IT workers, a whole set of other skilled workers – from market research analysts to financial advisors, web developers, teachers, artists, medicos and paramedics – might see their dreams of moving to the US never bear fruition. With most of them drawing salaries between the $60,000 to $100,000 cap, a new bill proposed by the Congress is likely to affect these workers just as much as it hurts the IT industry.

Skilled employment in the US is back in the limelight, after US Congressmen reintroduced a bill last week that has upped the ante for H1B visas.The bill has raised the benchmark from $60,000 to a minimum of $100,000 to be able to work in America. It also seeks to remove a master’s degree exemption that currently exists. Unlike popular perception that ties H1B visas with the IT industry, industry observers said that there are a lot of non-IT workers too, who are going to be impacted by this move. […]

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Stringent H1B visa norms in US to impact non-IT workers