Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], April 19: United States President Donald Trump has directed federal agencies to review a visa program used by companies to hire high-skilled foreign workers in the country.
The order also asks several leaders in the Trump administration to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program.
The H-1B visa programme allows numerous country's biggest tech firms and other multinationals to bring foreign workers to the United States, but federal bodies will now be instructed to crack down on abuse of the programme. However, Turnbull said that more restrictions will be imposed to ensure that workers are brought from outside only to fill the skill gap in order to create more job opportunities for the Australian citizens.
"From a Snap-on point of view, we think the seminal issue of our time is the upskilling of the American work force", he said. "Does that make sense?" he said.
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Much like some prior orders, however, Trump's executive action Tuesday essentially looks for detailed reports rather than making decisive changes.
"I know he won't because he made a promise he's going to fix this for the hard working men and women, and we can't bankrupt the middle class of this country to give them insurance in name only", Trump Jr. said.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that will make it more hard for American companies to hire foreign workers, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.
During his campaign, Trump said at one point that he supported high-skilled visas, then he said he opposed the program.
But according to studies, 80 per cent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed. "Finally, Congress should expand the number of H-1B visas offered while reforming the system to protect American workers", said Todd Schulte, the group's president.
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There's an annual quota of 85,000 new H-1B visas (with 20,000 reserved for Master's degree holders).
USA lawmakers have already tabled more than half a dozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems. These workers receive a non-immigrant visa that can last as long as six years.
Among other things, it requires each agency and department of the government to review their use of waivers and exceptions that allow for the use of non-American goods.
The new order would direct USA agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program.
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Interestingly, the reforms are not targeting the H-2B visa program, which allows United States organizations, including Trump's swanky bolthole at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, to bring in overseas workers for menial jobs to meet seasonal demands.