Trump takes first step toward H-1B reform

“We believe that campaign to discredit IT sector is driven by persistent myths,” it added

“We believe that campaign to discredit IT sector is driven by persistent myths,” it added

President Donald Trump will sign a "buy American, hire American" executive order Tuesday. Trump signed the order after visiting a tool factory at Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the Chicago-Milwaukee industrial corridor. "Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that's wrong", he added. He called on the four departments to reform their systems to insure that H1B visas are given only to the "most skilled" or "highest-paid" applicants.

"Using salary levels as the metric is not necessarily the best indicator of benefits to the US economy and unless such a system reflects variations in prevailing wages in all parts of the US, it could give advantage to certain regions such as Silicon Valley over other regions of the US", Nasscom said. "Does that make sense?" he said.

As Trump approaches his 100-day milestone in the White House, he has failed to pass any serious policies through Congress. SNA, -0.39% to sign the order and tout what he calls his "buy American, hire American" agenda. "We are going to make big changes or get rid of NAFTA once and for all", Trump said. "Senior Australian officials have conveyed to us that the impact of the changes will be negligible on Indian workers, most of whom fall in high skill category", the spokesperson explained.

In addition, the text of the EO directs that reforms should be focused on ensuring that H-1B status is only granted to those who are the "most-skilled" or the "highest-paid".

The H-1B work visa programme channels thousands of foreign workers to the USA technology industry.

She pointed out that the unemployment rate for occupations that use H-1B visas is very low as compared to the national unemployment rate.

They included a promise to pursue more investigations of fraud and abuses and a warning to employers applying for the visas not to discriminate against United States workers. US government data shows that almost 127,000 were granted to Indian applicants a year ago.

This proposal aligns with Trump's H-1B rhetoric.

"If the president says he's going to emphasize jobs. this is like music to the ears of manufacturers across the country", Pinchuk said.

"This does nothing", said Senator Charles Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader.

Tata Consultancy Services declined to comment on the new executive order.

It orders the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and State Department to review the visa waiver system and investigate cases of abuse. "Simply reviewing the programme is too little, too late", Senator Dick Durbin said. The move is set to moderately affect the Indian tech industry. "Many of the changes to the H-1B program contemplated by the administration would require legislative action or rulemaking and would take time to go through the necessary processes".

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