Indians aspiring for an H1B visa may find it producing one more difficult after Tuesday. The president of United states, Donald Trump is all set to sign an executive order that will make things worse for those aspiring for H1B visas. In his push for "America First", Trump is all set to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to the temporary visa program that is mostly used to bring foreign workers to the United States for high-skilled jobs.
During a press briefing at the White House, Two senior administration officials of the Trump government told reporters that Trump will also use his famous, "buy American and hire American" order to seek changes in government procurement practices with an aim to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts.
The order that Trump will sign on Tuesday will call for 'the strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the United States of labour from abroad for the stated purpose of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States'. It will call on the departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to take action to crack down on "fraud and abuse" in the US immigration system to protect American workers.
The order will press on the federal departments to propose reforms to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded only to the most skilled or highest paid applicant. The government uses a lottery to award 65,000 visas every year and randomly distributes another 20,000 to graduate student workers. It may be noted that the number of applications for H-1B visas fell to 1,99,000 this year from 2,36,000 in 2016, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Trump is expected to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc in Wisconsin. The order is said to be an attempt to reform US immigration policies and encourage purchases of American products. Nearing completion of 100 days in office, President Trump can't boast of major legislative achievements but has to his credit, executive orders that seek regulatory changes to help the US economy.
The senior official of administration said that the end result of how the system currently works is that foreign workers are often brought in at less pay to replace American workers, "violating the principle of the program." The order will also asks federal agencies to look at 'how to get rid of loopholes in the government procurement process'.
The review. specifically, will check 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. "If it turns out that America is a net loser because of those free-trade agreement waivers, which apply to almost 60 countries, these waivers may be promptly renegotiated or revoked," the official added.