Trump orders review of US visa program

Trump orders review of US visa program

H-1B visas "should include only the most skilled and highest-paid applicants and should never, ever be used to replace American workers", he told a gathering of about 500 workers and local luminaries, including the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a Kenosha native.

There's bipartisan agreement that the H-B1 program needs to be fixed, and critics say Trump could have simply directed federal departments to start recommending reforms, without issuing an executive order.

"It's very hard, either they're not qualified, and one of the big things, it's a seasonal job", Mr. Trump said. Given the uncertainties surrounding the programme, there has been a drop in applications this year, from last year's 2,36,000. IT staff are brought in, typically from India, paid lower wages than other staff, and "encouraged" to work long hours because they know that if they displease their masters and their company withdraws their visa, they will have to leave the country quickly.

Trump has made multiple steps so far in keeping with those pledges, including orders aimed at reviving the declining US coal industry - an enterprise some experts have dismissed as impractical and ineffective. Administration officials said 80 percent of workers who enter the USA on H-1B visas are paid less than the median wage in their fields.

H-1B visas are used to fill the USA skills gap, but critics, including the Trump administration have voiced concern about abuse of the program.

"I'm not anxious immediately about my clients - but I am anxious about what's to come", Tahmina Watson, of Watson Immigration Law, said. "There's typically no, if any, adverse labor market effects on native born, high-skilled workers, but there are large economic gains overall". But the vast majority of visa holders are no more skilled than USA workers and are being hired exclusively because they will work harder for less.

The president also announced that he would reform the H1B visa program to give preference to highly skilled immigrant workers. That indicates a higher level of innovation, crucial for growing tech jobs.

Employers, including Walt Disney World and the University of California, San Francisco, have laid off tech employees and replaced them with H-1B visa holders.

The program allows 85,000 of these visas to be used, 20,000 of which are required to go to workers with master's degrees or higher, according to Fortune. D-FW ranked fifth by that measure.

Interestingly, Fortune noted that Congress introduced a H-1B visa reform bill in January, but it has been stalled.

Of course, Orrenius said, the implementation of visa programs could be improved. The H-1B visas section included no definite timeline.

"Does that mean it's ideal?"

The number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 199,000 this year from 236,000 in 2016, according U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Trump said the order "declares that. our government aggressively promote and use American-made goods and ensure that American labor is hired to to the job". From left are, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the president, Sen.

The visit also would take him to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who won't be joining the president because he's on a bipartisan congressional trip visiting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. The president was greeted by Gov. Scott Walker outside Snap-on's headquarters.



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