U.S tightens H1B visa rules, vows on “Buy American, Hire American”
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Apr-2017

Washington, April 19: A major setback back for Indian’s who are working in the United States and for those who are wished to work in us near future as President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive which ordered federal agencies to the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to America.
However, this step was taken by President Trump to carry out his campaign “America First” for bringing more jobs for his countrymen. The order signed by Trump mainly targets the H-1B visa programme. The executive order which was signed by President Trump is on the basis of “Buy American, Hire American” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, initiating visa and government purchase reforms.

As soon as Trump signed executive, he said, “With this action, we are sending a powerful signal to the world: We’re going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first.”

However, the document will bring in major changes regarding the H1B visa program, including closing loopholes for immigration fraud from the current lottery system to a mechanism that favours higher paid and higher skilled workers. The document also directed government institutions to review current procurement requirements and step up the effort to limit government purchase to the US made goods.

Meanwhile, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the executive order “will make significant progress towards Buy American and Hire American, the cornerstone of Trump’s vision for a government that answers to the American workers who built this country.”

The executive order aims at:

  • This Executive Order targets the abusive use of waivers and exceptions that undermine “Buy American” laws meant to promote taxpayer money going to American companies. This Executive Order:
  • Instructs every agency and department to conduct comprehensive assessment aimed at cracking down on weak monitoring, enforcement, and compliance efforts to strengthen Buy American policies.
  • Targets waivers and exceptions that have allowed foreign goods unfair advantages in U.S. government procurement.
  • Orders that America’s involvement in the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement and other trade deals be reviewed to ensure they meet the President’s standards.
  • For the first time, the Buy American bidding process must take into account unfair trade practices.
  • Promotes American-made steel by affirming the “melted and poured” standard for steel production in the United States.
  • President Trump’s Executive Order also takes steps to stop the abuse of the immigration system and protect American workers. This Executive Order:
  • Calls on the executive branch to fully enforce the laws governing the entry of foreign workers into the U.S. economy, to promote rising wages and more employment.
  • Directs federal agencies to propose reforms to the H-1B program in order shift the program back to its original intent and prevent the displacement of American workers.

Notably, in the joint address to Congress, President Trump promised that “our national rebuilding” “will be guided by two core principles:  buy American and hire American.” Interestingly, earlier after winning the elections, the then President-elect Trump said, “We will have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort, buy American and hire American.” During his campaign trail also Trump vowed that “the American people will come first once again.”