Trump Directs Review of H-1B Visas

Trump Directs Review of H-1B Visas

The executive order that targets the H-1B visa programme was signed during Trump's visit to the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Companies paying H-1B workers less than $60,000 per year are required to show that they couldn't hire Americans for the same jobs.

"We believe the American strength is rooted in the ability to make things and fix things", he explained. The order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal grant-funded transportation projects. Administration officials complain that those laws have been watered down over the years and often are sidestepped with government waivers.

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

The order tasked four department heads of State, Justice, Homeland Security and Labour to propose reforms in order to ensure H-1B visas are given to the "most-skilled or highest paid" petitioners.

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United States President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the USA visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, mirroring the sentiment of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's move to abolish the 457 visa.

During his election campaign, President Donald Trump had promised to increase oversight of the H-1B and L-1 visa programmes. It "fully supports the Department of Justice in cautioning employers who petition for H-1B visas not to discriminate against US workers", as well as the Department of Homeland Security's "measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse".

There's an annual quota of 85,000 new H-1B visas (with 20,000 reserved for Master's degree holders).

"The fact is, NAFTA has been a disaster for the United States - a complete and total disaster", he said.

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Companies reliant on H-1B labor have successfully "gamed the system to set the wage floor so low so that it's below the market wage", Hira said. But the latest studies suggest that, 80 percent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.

The White House signaled that it, too, wanted to move in that direction, although there is still considerable uncertainty around what the changes to the visa program will look like.

As a result, Gibbs said investors should dial back expectations that Trump will do anything meaningful on trade, or on infrastructure which is where such an order could make a difference.

The H-1B program was originally created to import extraordinarily brilliant and talented foreigners, like the next Albert Einstein, to conduct research and development projects at USA technology companies and universities, temporarily.

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The president himself has relied on guest workers with a different kind of visa - H-2B - to help staff his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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