Trump Directs Review of H-1B Visas

Trump issued the 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order on Tuesday in Wisconsin, stating that the order will tighten guest worker visas like H1-B, and would also require American agencies to purchase more products and services from U.S. companies and workers.

He said that cutting regulations and getting tax reform are important, but even more critical is Trump's "America first" rhetoric.

He said the order sets in motion the first steps to initiate "long-overdue" reforms to end "visa abuses". This month USCIS got 199,000 H-1B visa petitions; thus the government office needed to turn to a mechanized attract of parts to decide the destiny of successful candidate.

H-1B visas are granted for three years at a time to foreign workers that have specialized knowledge in fields where there are a shortage of American workers, typically in science, information technology and engineering. And H-1B visas-which let in skilled foreign workers-have become an important focal point, given the debates over economic migration and outsourcing as well as Trump's past business practices.

"We're going to switch away from a random lottery system in which it's weighted toward the lowest-wage workers towards a system that prioritizes higher-skilled, higher-paid workers, which would make it much more hard to use it to replace American workers", a senior administration official said Monday. As per several USA reports, a majority of the H-1B visas every year are grabbed by Indian IT professionals.

"It doesn't do anything", said William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Philadelphia.

The executive order marks President Trump's latest endeavor to enact one of his campaign policies aimed at securing jobs for American citizens. But again, this just means there's going to be an evaluation process, not necessarily major changes for now. With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law stalled in Congress, Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to change policy.

The policy to be followed under BAHA requires federal departments of the USA government to create jobs for the American middle class and support domestic manufacturing and defence establishments. They also maintained that the United States graduates about twice as many STEM students each year as find jobs in STEM fields.

U.S. lawmakers have already tabled more than half adozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems. Much of the blame has gone to China, often accused of draining jobs from USA factory towns with its cheap exports.

  • Larry Hoffman