In a recent statement to the Center for Immigration Studies
, a think tank known for promoting protectionist policies, Cuccinelli reportedly said: “I want it to cost more to use non-American workers because if you are willing to pay that amount, that’s actually the truest test to me that, in fact, in that particular market, we really do need temporary foreign workers.” He also added: “Otherwise, why wouldn’t you just pay less and get someone who can stay here year-round? And that kind of built-in double-check doesn’t exist in the H-1B program.”
H-1 visas refer to a collection of visa programs that are issued to foreign workers seeking employment in the United States. More specifically, H-1B visas are issued for people in “specialty occupations” with rare or valuable skillsets, to fill positions where people with those skills aren’t always available domestically. Legally, employers who seek foreign employees through the H-1B program are supposed to offer wages and benefits comparable to those offered to domestic employees, to avoid exploitation of H-1B workers. However, Cuccinelli and others believe it should be even more costly and difficult than it already is to hire foreign specialized labor, as a way of promoting American hiring.
If you are a non-citizen seeking an H-1B Visa or other immigration relief, please call the attorneys at Bretz & Coven LLP. We will help you through the difficult process of applying for an H-1B Visa, protecting your rights and giving you the best chance possible at attaining legal status. To schedule a consultation with our New York immigration lawyers, call (212) 267-2555.