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Do the Proposed Changes to H-1B Visas Go Far Enough?

The comprehensive immigration reform bill proposes changes to the H-1B program that leaves both employers and critics of the program dissatisfied. The bill increases the number of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000 per year, but also imposes added conditions that may make it more difficult for employers to obtain H-1B visa, including a requirement to advertise positions on the Department of Labor's website and offer the position to an equally qualified American worker first. These changes, however, may not go far enough in addressing problems with regard to wages and outsourcing work.