Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' order


The official said the lottery system that selects workers under the H-1B programme could be an evident target of reforms.

"Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for, sometimes, less pay".

"This will stop. American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses and today their calls are being answered for the first time". They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the 'most-skilled or highest-paid applicants'. Specifically, they would look into whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by companies outside the US and whether it undercuts American companies on a global playing field. "This historic action declares the police of our government to promote and use American goods, and to ensure labor is hired here to do the job", he told the crowd. "The Government's foreign policy has facilitated expansion of workforce within the country through flagship programmes such as "Make in India", "Skill India", "Digital India", by delivering large technological partnerships and enhanced Foreign Direct Investment", Gopal Baglay said.

President Donald Trump says his newest executive order will spur more people to "Buy American, Hire American". We try to decode them for you. But the latest studies suggest that, 80 percent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.

H-1B visas are intended for foreign nationals in occupations that generally require higher education, including science, engineering or computer programming. Such a change could significantly impact large Indian IT companies which bring thousands of engineers and programmers on H-1B visas to work on United States projects, says IT analyst Girish Pai.

Many Silicon Valley tech companies support the H-1B visa program and will monitor the review the administration has proposed closely.

"There is some evidence that there may be some use of the H-1B not to bring top talent, but to outsource jobs".

"We are finally standing up for our workers and our companies", Trump said.

On Monday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services had said that employers who sought visas for 2018 submitted only 199,000 applications this year, compared to last year's 236,000 applications.

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