India challenges 65,000 H-1B cap in the U.S.

Files complaint with World Trade Organization

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The Indian government has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging that the U.S. is breaking trade rules with special fees and changes to the 65,000 H-1B cap.

The complaint raises two separate issues it says are unfair trade restrictions.

The first part of the complaint raises concerns about a special visa fee on firms that are the largest users of the H-1B visa. In December, Congress doubled H-1B fees on these firms to $4,000. The additional fee applies to firms that employ 50 or more employees in the U.S., with more than 50% of those employees on H-1B or L-1 visas.

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