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2008,April,30 07:27:04

L-1 visa gaining popularity among US employers.

When the employers has found it is difficult to get H-1B for their hired employees, they started looking for alternative ways to get them.Now itís the L-1 visas on demand.Under this program an employee who is hired at an office abroad can be imported into the United States. Unlike the H-1B that has a short filing period, the L-1 can be applied for throughout the year. Another advantage is that there is no current limit as to how many L-1 visas can be issued. In 2006 the American government granted about 56,000 L-1 visas. The downside to foreign workers hired with an L-1 visa is that their sponsor is not mandated to pay the prevailing U.S. wage for their job. Workers hired with an H-1B visa must be paid the prevailing wage. Some employers attempt to reduce their shortage of workers with the H-1B visa while others are using a combination of the H-1B and L-1 visas. Recently some companies that specialize in outsourcing have been misusing the L-1 visa because it is an easier way to obtain a visa and they can get away with lower wages. Congressmen are looking into visa reform that would prohibit outsourcing companies from obtaining L-1 visa and would make it a requirement that prevailing U.S. wage be paid to L-1 employees.

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