President Donald Trump's visa order would target high-skilled worker visa program

President Donald Trump's visa order would target high-skilled worker visa program

"We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first", Trump told the audience at the Snap-on Tools Headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he signed the executive order.

The White House said the program is now undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages. Earlier on Tuesday, Trump ordered a review of government procurement rules favoring American companies to see if they are actually benefiting, especially the US steel industry. Instead, the departments of Homeland Security and Labor, among others, have been tasked with reviewing the program and suggesting changes to ensure the visas are awarded to "the most-skilled or highest-paid" applicants. However, he points out, the requirement to advertise job openings for longer periods in order to ascertain the unavailability of USA workers may affect the system's efficiency.

The Labor Department said it will investigate H-1B program violators, revise a part of the visa application process to enhance its transparency and continue to work with stakeholders to further protect American workers, possibly with legislative changes.

Dubbed "Buy American and Hire American", the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.

There are 386 employees on H-1B visas in the University of Wisconsin System, 206 of them at UW-Madison, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Petition beneficiaries are foreign nationals hired under the H-1B visa.

The Baltimore school system was also one of the state's largest H-1B employers, even though it now has only about a quarter of its original contingent of Filipinos, Legaspi said.

The move is a deterrent to Indian IT firms which send software engineers to the USA on H-1B visas.

Voicing immediate reservations about the decree, the US Chamber of Commerce, however, warned the Trump administration not to do away with the whole H-1B scheme, also acknowledging that there was room for improving the program.

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"The media talk about all of the workers going to Silicon Valley, but that's not the full narrative", she said.

"We welcome proposals to make the program more effective".

MA ranks sixth in the nation in the number of H-1B workers - behind California, New Jersey, Texas, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

As Atkinson explains, a merit-based H-1B system could attract more people with advanced science and technology skills.

Critics have also said that rather than boosting United States employment, the order could delay public works and drive up costs as USA manufacturers geared up to meet the new demand.

Figures of how many visas are issued by state weren't available, but past year the government cleared at least 41,182 foreign workers to be hired by MA companies, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Vishal Sikka, CEO of global IT outsourcing giant Infosys, which has offices across the United States and Canada, told a conference call with analysts this week that the company is focusing on increasing its USA hiring and expanding local training and development centres "to mitigate any potential risks from visa regulation in the U.S".

Mr. Norlin built a successful digital advertising company primarily through hiring and retraining unemployed local workers, mainly because he lacked the venture capital to hire the most coveted employees. Students who are disinclined to attend school in the USA may be less likely to apply for work here afterwards, no matter how "qualified" they may be.

"They're highly qualified and want to stay", she said. "Because it's vital to the tech industry and the nation's economy".

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