Trump signs directive on foreign tech hires

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US President Donald Trump, hammering his "America First" campaign theme, signed an executive order that he said would favour American companies for federal contracts and tighten the H-1B visa programme for foreign technical workers.

While Trump has long promised to reform the controversial visa scheme, the executive orders will come too late to have a direct effect on this year's visa season, which commenced on April 1.

Administration officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects. Additionally, it asked them to propose new rules and guidance for preventing fraud and abuse of work visas, CNN reported. Trump is ordering a full review of the visa program, to make sure the jobs only go to highly-paid, specially-skilled applicants, and not foreign workers.

"We're going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and finally put America first", the USA president said. SNA, -0.39% to sign the order and tout what he calls his "buy American, hire American" agenda.

Trump referred to a claim that information-technology outsourcing companies are abusing the system by hiring workers for lower wages.

During his campaign, Trump said at one point that he supported high-skilled visas, then he said he opposed the program.

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Hundreds of companies issue H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program allots temporary visa to foreign workers with specialized skills to fill in some gaps in the working industry, mostly in IT and Engineering, according to Business Insider.

What it means: The Trump administration has already suspended a practice that allowed employers to get their foreign worker hiring applications processed early for a higher fee.

Atkinson said President Trump realized the danger in getting rid of the H-1B program entirely and is making the right improvements.

With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law stalled in Congress, Mr Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to change policy. White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said he wanted to visit "a company that builds American-made tools with American workers".

However, one fact remains that none of these measures will actually protect the American workers unless they are applicable to all companies because Indian companies are the only ones covered by numerous legislation - contemplated as well as existing, and account for only 20 percent of the visas.

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