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An H-1B visa hiring bill for foreign healthcare professionals has been introduced in the US

The Protect Healthcare Workers Act (H.R. 4244) seeks to protect frontline healthcare workers from displacement by requiring employers of up to 500 employees to first seek out and hire U.S. workers before hiring foreign healthcare professionals on H-1B visas. The bill modifies existing requirements for both the petitioning employer and the H-1B workers, including extending the petition filing period from 60 to 90 days. In addition, the bill requires employers to demonstrate that no U.S. workers were displaced; demonstrate that wages paid to H-1B workers do not undercut U.S. worker wages; and extend the period of time employers are required to provide healthcare coverage for H-1B workers before and after they are employed. Finally, the bill calls for an independent audit of the employer’s workforce structure.