President touts manufacturing, 'Buy American, Hire American'


US President Donald Trump moved on Tuesday to make good on his campaign pledges to put "America First" by issuing a decree on tightening skilled-worker visa rules.

The "Hire American" part of the order aims to crack down on what the administration calls "abuses" of government guest-worker programs.

"With this action we're sending a strong signal to the world".

The Australian visa programme - 457 visa - is used to employ skilled foreign workers.

The document will bring in major changes regarding the H1B visa program, including closing loopholes for immigration fraud and a shift from the current lottery system to a mechanism that favors higher paid and higher skilled workers.

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Trump has said he would like to reform the U.S. immigration system, including the H1-B visas, but has so far focused most of his attention on cracking down on illegal immigration, with greater immigration enforcement and a proposed border wall with Mexico.

Mr Trump's wife Melania used an H-1B visa in her early days as a model in NY, says the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue in Washington.

President Donald Trump's latest executive order focuses on the way the federal government gives visas to highly trained foreign workers.

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

The number of requests for H-1B visas declined this year by about 15 percent, or roughly 37,000 applications, but the total was still almost 200,000, far more than the 85,000 limit.

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These forthcoming administrative and legislative measures will specially target the H-1B visa programme under which Indian technology companies bring thousands of computer professionals to the US every year.

The order does nothing specifically to NAFTA for now, but a senior Trump administration official said the US will be doing analysis on the deal to see if it's meeting the "Trump standard of fairness and reciprocity".

The official added, 'these companies will apply for a large number of applications every year by putting additional tickets in lottery raffle. The White House argues that some companies undercut American workers by bringing in cheaper foreign labour on a temporary basis. Specifically, they would look into whether waivers in free-trade agreements are leading to unfair trade by companies outside the USA and whether it undercuts American companies on a global playing field.

The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients who use them to outsource tech work.

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