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Trump signs executive order for overhaul of H-1B visa system
 
(Washington, Apr 19,2017): Acting on his 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H1B visa programme, the most soughtafter by Indian IT firms and professionals, to stop "visa abuses".

Trump signed the order that calls for tightening the rules of the programme at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snapon Inc yesterday.

"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 order.

He said the order sets in motion the first steps to initiate "longoverdue" reforms to end "visa abuses".

"Right now, H1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that's wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highestpaid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans," the US President asserted.

"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades," he said.

Trump said his administration is going to enforce 'Hire American' rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.

"We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first. Does that make sense?" he said.

The executive order also declares that American projects should be made with American goods.

"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.

According to the executive order signed by Trump, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labour, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall suggest reforms to help ensure that H1B visas are awarded to the mostskilled or highestpaid petition beneficiaries.

In a statement, the White House said H1B visas are supposed to bring the highest skilled and paid labour to the United States.

But according to studies, 80 per cent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed.

"Currently, companies routinely abuse the H1B visa programme by replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers," it said.

Reforming the H1B visa system was one of the major election promises of Trump. As per several US reports, a majority of the H1B visas every year are grabbed by Indian IT professionals.

India accounts for the highest pool of qualified IT professionals, whose services go a long way in making American companies globally competitive.

As mandated by the Congress, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) every year issues 65,000 H1B visas and another 20,000 to those applicants having masters and higher degrees from a US educational institution.

This month USCIS received 199,000 H1B visa petitions and as a result the federal agency had to resort to a computerised draw of lots to decide the fate of successful applicant.

Meanwhile, some US lawmakers said the executive order signed by Trump calling for a review of H1B visas was too little and too late.

"We already know H1B visa abuse hurts American workers.

Simply reviewing the programme is too little, too late," Senator Dick Durbin said.

US lawmakers have already tabled more than half a dozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H1B visas systems. Many of those proposals, as per industry body Nasscom, are discriminatory and are targeted towards Indian IT companies.

The US tech industry and corporate sector, however, has welcomed the "muchneeded" review of the H1B visa programme and expressed confidence that it would help them bring in the best and the brightest from across the world.


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