What Should Be Minimum H1B Salary? US Govt Asks Public To Respond In 60 Days

What Should Be Minimum H1B Salary? US Govt Asks Public To Respond In 60 Days
What Should Be Minimum H1B Salary? US Govt Asks Public To Respond In 60 Days

The latest reports reveal that the US Department of Labor has sought feedback from the public in the next 60 days on determining the wage levels for employment.

Determination Of Wage Levels

This initiative will help in determining the wages levels of employment of various immigrants and non-immigrants.

It will also include those on the H-1B visas, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals.

The H-1B visa is basically a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise.

Several technology companies depend on H-1B visas to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from the countries like India and China.

In the same regard, the US Department of Labor urged the public to respond to its request in the next 60 days in a federal notification published on Friday.

Delay In Final Decision Making

The request by the department’s Employment and Training Administration is followed by a prior announcement by the department.

This basically proposes an 18-month delay in the effective date of a final rule changing on calculating the prevailing wage levels for certain immigrants and non-immigrant workers.

The final decision will affect all the employers who seek to employ foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 nonimmigrant visas, as published in  January 2021.

Here, the E-3 visa is only for citizens of Australia, while the H-1B1 visa is for people from Singapore and Chile.

Also, the proposed delay will provide agency officials sufficient time to compute and validate prevailing wage data.

As the wage data covers specific occupations and geographic areas, complete necessary system modifications and conduct public outreach.

On the other hand, the proposed rule’s delay in effective date will result in the reduction of transfer payments in the form of higher wages from employers to H-1B employees, according to the Department of Labor.

In addition to that, this will also delay the potential for deadweight losses to occur in the event that requires employers to pay a wage above what H-1B workers are willing to accept results in H-1B caps not to be met.

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