U.S. firms say H-1B restrictions may help them

Some U.S. IT service companies say the heightened restrictions regarding the use of H-1B and L-1 workers in the comprehensive immigration reform bill may help its firms compete against India's offshore IT service providers. The reform bill raises the costs of offshore IT service providers and prohibits employers of a large number of H-1B and L-1 workers from employing more than 50% of its employees on temporary visas, but also increases the H-1B cap number and allows for some "loopholes" to get around the restrictions.