US President Donald Trump signs order to review H-1B visa programme

Trump signed an executive order billed as "Hire American, Buy American" on Tuesday afternoon at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on (SNA) in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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. "This will stop", Trump was quoted as saying after he signed the executive order.

President Trump has set the wheels in motion for H-1B visa reform.

Specifically targeted: The H-1B visa program, which allows 85,000 foreign workers into the United States each year to take specific high-skilled jobs with US companies. "No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades", Trump said.

He signed the so-called Buy America, Hire America order on a visit to a tool factory in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. 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. "Does that make sense?" he said. The policy would force projects like new, retrofitted and expanded USA pipelines to use steel made in the country.

"No longer are we going to allow foreign countries to cheat our producers and our workers out of federal contracts".

"We see Mr. Trump's "Hire American" initiative likely driving up the cost to make steel in the USA, a likely headwind for domestic mills", Johnson said Tuesday in a note to investors.

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Yes, H-1B visas are complicated, but they are still harmful ("Trump's not awful immigration order", April 19).

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign specialty workers in technical and highly-skilled fields, like engineering, medicine, mathematics, and science. "Under such circumstances, the U.S. will block visa applications seeking low wages", said Joshi. Additionally, it asked them to propose new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas.

"The visa lottery system makes this problem worse by rewarding visas randomly, instead of prioritising foreign workers with greater experience, skill, and qualifications", he added.

More than 15% of Facebook's US employees past year used a temporary work visa, according to a Reuters analysis of US Labour Department filings.

Those affected the most may be the immigrants from India, as they made up almost 70 percent of the recipients of H-1B visa in 2015, according to data from the State Department and Bureau of Consular Affairs cited by the New York Times.

This month USCIS received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions; as a result the federal agency had to resort to a computerised draw of lots to decide the fate of successful applicant.

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