Reviewing H-1B program too little too late say lawmakers

The executive order he signed would restrict use of a program used by US companies to bring in foreign technology workers.

Trump will sign the so-called "Buy American, Hire American" executive order during a visit to Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. "And it directs the federal government to fully enforce federal guidelines prioritizing the use of American firms and goods in federal projects". "Developing incentives to buy American-made products and hire American workers is a key part of the President's commitment to job growth and stimulating our economy".

While the program has been criticized for allowing firms to pay workers lower wages, the Trump administration is trying to make getting an H-1B visa in the first place more hard.

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The country that's going to be affected the most by this new order is India, and several politicians and business leaders have already voiced out their concerns towards the new restrictions of the program that are going take place. The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the USA after getting degrees in high-tech specialties — and because companies can't always find enough American workers with the skills they need.

These sign on executive order is a part of fulfilling his promises which he made in the election campaign previous year. "Under such circumstances, the USA will block visa applications seeking low wages", said Joshi. These workers receive a non-immigrant visa that can last as long as six years. A close family member lost his job to a foreign worker because of this visa.

Atkinson said President Trump realized the danger in getting rid of the H-1B program entirely and is making the right improvements. And while we are on the subject, something needs to be said about the J-1 visa program so often used by foreign students for summer jobs.

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According to the executive order signed by Trump, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labour, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.

Senator Chuck Grassley, an author of legislation to reform the H-1B and L-1 skilled work visa programs, said it is time to take action against the abuse of H-1B visa system. Critics of the program claim staffing companies are undercutting American wages by using the visas to recruit foreign labor and then contracting those workers to large companies.

The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements.

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"Any onerous additional restrictions on the H-1B.would hurt thousands of United States businesses and their efforts to be more competitive by hindering access to needed talent", NASSCOM said in a statement.

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