Trump's New Order on Visas Could Make American Colleges Less Appealing Overseas

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President Donald Trump brought a big dose of his economic populism to Wisconsin on Tuesday, where he signed an executive order that would rein in a popular foreign worker program and encourage federal agencies to "buy American".

Read: Trump to sign "Buy American, Hire American" executive orders.

"Currently, companies routinely abuse the H-1B visa program by replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers", the White House said.

The president on Tuesday signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order that is meant to protect American workers by enforcing immigration laws and cutting out unfair trade practices, which Hannity touted on his show.

The tech sector for decades has lobbied to increase the number of H-1B visas.

The H-1B visa system has been criticized following high-profile examples of American workers being replaced by lower-paid foreigners through the program.

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.

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

A majority of them work in the tech sector - some for US firms, others for Indian outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, who provide services for huge swathes of corporate America.

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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 U.S. workers.

Indian workers receive more than 70% of all H-1B visas, which are initially valid for three years.

The order also asks several leaders in the Trump administration to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program.

Up to 85,000 H-1B visas are issued annually by the US authorities, but demand has far outstripped supply in recent years, according to local media reports. "Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery and that's wrong", he added.

This month USCIS received 199,000 H-1B 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. The 457 Visa programme, again favoured by Indian workers, allowed the businesses to hire from outside countries and retain them for a period of upto four years.

The Government uses a lottery to award 65,000 visas yearly and randomly distributes another 20,000 to graduate student workers.

The H1-B visa program is used primarily for the upper tier of highly-skilled workers in the science, medical and engineering fields. So if enforced improperly, it could cause supply problems in a USA market in which up to 25 percent of steel was imported in the first quarter of this year.

The Executive Order also addresses the H-1B visa program.

MA ranks sixth in the nation in the number of H-1B workers - behind California, New Jersey, Texas, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.