Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Costs of hiring international scholars rise 

The cost to colleges of hiring foreign faculty members, researchers, and medical residents is about to go up, thanks to recent revisions in immigration-labor law.

The changes, which go into effect on March 8, will require college employers to pay all foreign workers holding H-1B visas 100 percent of either the actual or the prevailing wage for their job -- instead of the current 95 percent -- and will impose a new $500 antifraud fee on institutions for each petition for an H-1B visa that they file on behalf of an employee.
At the margin this means fewer foreign faculty members will be hired. A dangerous precedent.

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (subscribers only)