Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

What Trump's H-1B Order Means For Indian IT Companies: 10 Points

What Trump's H-1B Order Means For Indian IT Companies: 10 Points

US President Donald Trump has signed an "executive order" that requires an audit of the H-1B visa program, saying they ought to never be used to displace American workers and must be given to the highly skilled and highest paid candidates.

Trump toured the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., and then signed an order aimed at curbing what his administration said are hiring abuses in a visa program.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the executive order "will make significant progress towards Buy American and Hire American, the cornerstone of Trump's vision for a government that answers to the American workers who built this country".

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Indian workers receive more than 70% of all H-1B visas, which are initially valid for three years.

The H-1B visa programme allows numerous country's biggest tech firms and other multinationals to bring foreign workers to the United States, but federal bodies will now be instructed to crack down on abuse of the programme.

Trump said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.

"H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that's wrong".

He announced that the government is about to take "bold, new steps" to follow through on his pledge to "Buy American and Hire American". The White House argues that the program undercuts American workers. "So they've said before and they said again after [Tuesday's] executive order that they're doubling-down on training and they're trying to find American talent, but not having enough luck". The president stuck to his stated position Tuesday, ensuring that the federal government would do "everything in [its] power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words, 'Made in the United States of America'".

Officials from the Department of Justice warned in April that they will "not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against US workers".

The order addresses the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and State Department to "take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse" within the US immigration system in order to "protect workers".

Reforming the H-1B visa system was one of the major election promises of Trump. To qualify for the visa, workers usually must have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Universities also use H-1B visas to hire workers, but they aren't subject to the same cap and it's easier for them to get visas each year. US government data shows that almost 127,000 were granted to Indian applicants previous year.

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