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.