Trump's made-in-America steel evangelism has its skeptics

Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

Since the H-1B visa category does not require the beneficiaries to be the most skilled or the highest paid workforce, it will take congressional intervention in the form of new legislation to change USA immigration laws to carry out this request.

The Secretary of Commerce would have to develop guidelines within 60 days for agencies to assess compliance levels of the order within 150 days of it being passed, as well as assess free-trade agreements.

It was unclear whether the latest such order would yield immediate results.

President Donald Trump's decision to review a foreign worker visa program to ensure jobs are "offered to American workers first" has caused uncertainty for urban school districts such as Baltimore's that have long relied on teachers from overseas to augment their staff.

"Companies may just say, 'If that's what it is, then maybe we should just open an office outside the United States, and then we just hire people there and bring people there where the restrictions are less severe, because in the end what we really care about is the talent, '" said Englert.

Almost 86 per cent of the H-1B visas issued for workers in the computer space go to Indians and this figure is now sure to be scaled down to about 60 per cent or even less, the paper said.

In a statement, the White House said H-1B visas are supposed to bring the highest skilled and paid labour to the United States.

A majority of them work in the tech sector - some for USA firms, others for Indian outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, who provide services for huge swathes of corporate America. But he added, "It's not as aggressive as it needs to be". In addition to push-back on the policy, it would probably fall victim to a challenge at the World Trade Organization, she said. The visas are meant to go to foreign nationals in occupations that generally require specialised knowledge, such as science, engineering or computer programming. The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the US after getting degrees in high-tech specialties — and because companies can't always find enough American workers with the skills they need. 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. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump wanted to visit "a company that builds American-made tools with American workers". He campaigned on the promise of returning manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Upper Midwest states. "Nationwide we are one of the leading technology states". "And these are companies that already operate worldwide".

The moves show Trump once again using his power to issue executive orders to try to fulfil promises he made a year ago in his election campaign, in this case to reform U.S. immigration policies and encourage purchases of American products.

Trump is heading to Kenosha on Tuesday, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American, Hire American", said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.

Critics of the H-1B program believe companies use the visas to squeeze out American workers in favor of foreigners willing to work for less, while proponents say the visas are used to staff highly skilled engineering positions they could not otherwise fill.

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