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20 April 2017, 06:02 | Laverne Osborne
Trump signed the order after he spoke before a crowd of technical students and manufacturing employees at the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company.
The order comes as part of the President Trump's campaign to put "America First".
Government agencies are being directed to conduct "top to bottom" reviews of these rules and laws, and report problems and recommendations that could bring about changes.
The second part of the EO includes text that focuses on "Hire American", that is, reviewing current USA immigration laws, specifically as they relate to nonimmigrant visa categories. The Chamber of Commerce added that it would be a "mistake to close the door on high-skilled workers" who can contribute to the growth and expansion of American businesses and make the US more competitive around the world. With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law not bearing fruit so far in a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans, Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to seek changes to the USA economy. Big technology companies have long supported efforts to change the H- 1B process - by increasing application fees or giving priority to applicants with advanced degrees.
"No one can compete with American workers when they're given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades". They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the 'most-skilled or highest-paid applicants'.
An analysis released by AP on Tuesday showed computer science hires - who make up three-quarters of the H-1B recipients receive about 9% less, on average, than USA workers with similar positions.
They believe that President Trump is serious about bringing back jobs to the US.
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. The US government has already received more than 200,000 applications this year. Trump administration officials say they are concerned that companies are hiring foreigners who do the same work as Americans at lower wages.
Indian nationals are the largest group of recipients of the H-1B visas issued each year. More than 15% of Facebook Inc's United States employees used a temporary work visa in 2016. Henceforth, officials will review waivers in free-trade agreements to check if it is leading to unfair trade.
Reports state that the order will not affect other such guest worker visas like the H-2B seasonal worker visa used by USA farms and agriculturists and Trump's own resorts.
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