President Trump's Executive Order to Control the Hiring of H-1B Workers
What are the President Trump's executive order for any H1B program changes?
President Trump has signed an executive order - buy American, hire American. The ‘hire American’ portion of the executive order aims to control the hiring of foreign national workers, especially via the H1B workers, and it seeks out ways to stop supposed “abuses” of the H1B program.
While the executive order will not directly make changes to the H1B program, it does pave the way for changes to be made later. For "hire American" and createing higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to enforce the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad.
The H-1B visa program has been assailed for years by critics who say it is used by companies to hire cheap, foreign workers in place of Americans. Its proponents say it provides much-needed skilled workers to sectors where companies have struggled to hire Americans.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 85,000 H-1B visas annually, 65,000 go to foreign workers who possess at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and an additional 20,000 for those who have earned a master's degree or higher in the US.
Trump took aim at the "totally random" lottery system in his remarks, saying the visa system must ensure that only the most skilled, highly paid workers are allotted such visas, and never at the expense of American labor.