Trump to Sign Executive Order Reviewing Highly Skilled H-1B Visa Program


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.

President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market for their product.

Trump's order seeks to ensure the visas go only to the most skilled workers.

The H-1B visa program has its place - helping companies around the country, but particularly in Silicon Valley, fill jobs for which the supply of American workers is thin.

President Trump signed the order during an event at the headquarters of Snap-on, a Kenosha, Wis. -based manufacturer of professional tools and equipment. "They voted to bring back their jobs, and to bring back their dreams into our country", Trump said.

"Together, we're going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words: Made in United States of America", he said.

Nasscom reiterated the point that persistent myths surrounding H-1B visas as cheap labour or displacing American workers as inaccurate.

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Trump announced the order during a trip to Wisconsin along with instructions to federal agencies to examine their purchasing systems to more effectively favor buying American goods.

The new order will now seek to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects and in various federal transportation grant-funded projects.

The order directs USA agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program.

In contrast, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's latest move puts profits over people, arguing that the president seems to do what the CEOs want, not what the workers want.

Government data released this week, meanwhile, shows that the number of applicants for H-1B visas has fallen.

Trump made it clear that he doesn't agree with fact that H-1Bs are now doled out under a lottery system.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) already suspended premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions from April 3.