21 April, 2017
They said it's important President Trump keeps the focus on mending the program- not getting rid of it. The plan is mostly popular among Indian IT professionals and a change in it is likely to impact them severely. "I have introduced bipartisan, comprehensive reform legislation to improve the H-1B visa program to ensure foreign workers are not underpaid and Americans are sought to be hired first". The additional scrutiny DHS has ordered will include "site visits" to determine whether "H-1B dependent employers are evading their obligation to make a good faith effort to recruit USA workers", the Trump administration says. And any changes to the work visa process is bad news for India's $150bn IT service industry. And if they are forced to recruit employees from the USA - which would lead to higher costs - then that would affect their profitability in the long term.
The four departments will then submit their findings to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and release a report in 220 days.
About 6% of the visas now go to the Labour Department's top skill level, while eight in 10 workers on the visa are paid less than the median wage for their fields, the White House said in a fact sheet distributed to reporters.
Yes, H-1B visas are complicated, but they are still harmful ("Trump's not frightful immigration order", April 19).
Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' order
That needs to change, President Donald Trump said in a message to Americans on Tuesday in his speech at Snap-on Tools in Kenosha. There's at least one thing Sen. "Simply reviewing the programme is too little, too late", Senator Dick Durbin said.
Trump Signs Anti-Planned Parenthood Bill As Anti-Choice Activists Look On
Federal law already prohibits government money for abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or to save a woman's life. Trump even invited top right-wing activists to the Oval Office to watch him sign the legislation.
Russian Federation vetoes United Nations draft resolution on Syria gas attack probe
But Mr Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end". "I expressed the view that the current state of U.S. -Russia relations is at a low point", Tillerson said .
Trump's promise of returning manufacturing jobs to the US resonated with voters such as Chris Manoyan, 54, who joined the crowd of about 100 Trump supporters gathered across the street from Snap-on while Trump was inside. India's National Association of Software and Services even told the Times that the H-1B visa program only exists because the U.S. is constantly short on high-skilled IT talent.
Tech companies contend the programme is used to recruit top talent, but some of the H-1B visas are also used for outsourcing firms. The move pushes to protect American made goods and reform the H-1B visa program for temporary foreign workers. Critics say these undercut unemployed Americans and fill lower-level information technology jobs. To qualify for the visa, workers usually must have a bachelor's degree or higher. "For far too long the H-1B visa has been abused by some as a cheap way to replace American workers".
A preview of the order described to reporters on Monday explained the contours of the second half of that title - the government agencies would be encouraged to give priority to American companies when awarding contracts, with a review of waivers and exemptions that allowed the use of foreign-made products, as reported by the Washington Post.
What's more, the executive orders will also require federal agencies to review and minimise the use of waivers and exceptions in global trade agreements.