President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that will make it more hard for American companies to hire foreign workers, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.
The order directs agencies to enforce government rules on excluding foreign contractors from bids for government projects. Trump signed the order after visiting a tool factory at Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the Chicago-Milwaukee industrial corridor.
However, the president's "America first" rhetoric doesn't match the reality of business practices that have made him millions.
Trump and other critics of the program say it is abused by those Indian firms, who - they claim - flood the visa lottery with applications and then send workers to the US on salaries that undercut their American counterparts.
"In a way, I think the drop in H-1B visa requests is similar to the drop in illegal border crossings-they're all an initial reaction to Trump's rhetoric reflecting concerns as to what he's going to do".
Indian IT firms, however, put a courageous face to the impending changes being mooted by the US.
The Trump administration said that if the waivers are not benefiting the U.S. they will be "renegotiated or revoked".
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 plan is mostly popular among Indian IT professionals and a change in it is likely to impact them severely. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers.
"No new changes are being implemented immediately".
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A sticking point had been the House Republicans' desire to send revenue from the current sales tax on gas entirely to roads. Originally, the House called for the change to happen in four years.
Last year, it generated $64.8bn of revenue.
Two administration officials previewed the orders for reporters on condition of anonymity because they didn't represent the agencies most directly involved in the policies.
The four departments will then submit their findings to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and release a report in 220 days. ".If you change that current system that awards visas randomly without regard for skill or wage to a skills-based awarding, it makes it extremely hard to use the visa to replace or undercut American workers because you're not bringing in workers at beneath the market wage". The government uses a lottery to award 65,000 visas every year and randomly distributes another 20,000 to graduate student workers. USA government data shows that almost 127,000 were granted to Indian applicants past year.
Each year on April 1, a fresh cap for H1-B visa applications is set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order, targeting foreign workers in high-skilled positions by restricting visa rules.
Earlier this month, United States immigration officials said they would crack down on abuses in the programme.
Critics say the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that use the visas to recruit foreigners - often from India - who will work for less than Americans. "We do know that numerous companies that have this business model are the ones that are paying the lowest wages to H-1Bs".
Specifically, the review will take into account whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by allowing foreign companies to undercut American companies in the global government procurement market.