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. Trump has signed the order focusing on the program prevalent with Indian technology professionals at the Kenosha, Wisconsin central command of tool maker Snap-on Inc 18th April.
Donald Trump signs executive order targeting H-1B visa used by Indians
“Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for, sometimes, less pay. This will stop,” Trump told an enthusiastic audience in Wisconsin before signing the executive order.
He said the order sets in motion the first steps to initiate “long-overdue” reforms to end “visa abuses”. “Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans. No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades,” Trump said.
‘Hire American’ – Is the Primary Motto of the ‘Executive Order’
He said his organization will enforce ‘Hire American’ decides that are intended to secure occupations and wages of specialists in the United States.
“We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first. Does that make sense?” he said.
“No longer are we going to allow foreign countries to cheat our producers and our workers out of federal contracts. Everyone in my administration will be expected to enforce every last Buy American provision on behalf of the American worker, and we are going to investigate every single trade deal that undermines these provisions,” he said.
As indicated by the executive order signed by Trump, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security should propose changes to help guarantee that H-1B visas are granted to the most talented or most skilled applicants. In an announcement, the White House said H-1B visas should bring the highly talented and paid work to the United States. However, as per studies, 80 for every penny of the endorsed applications were for the two least wage levels permitted.
“Currently, companies routinely abuse the H-1B visa programme by replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers,” it said.
Changing the H-1B visa system was one of the election promises of Trump.
H1-B ‘Executive Order’ Effect on Indian Employees
According to a few US reports, a larger part of the H-1B visas each year is gotten by Indian IT experts. India represents the most elevated pool of qualified IT experts, whose services go far in making American organizations globally competitive. As ordered by the Congress, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) consistently issued 65,000 H-1B visas and another 20,000 to those candidates having aces and higher degrees from a US educational organization. This month USCIS got 199,000 H-1B visa petitions; thus the government office needed to turn to a mechanized attract of parts to decide the destiny of successful candidate.