Trump Orders H-1B Visa Reform
President Donald Trump today signed an executive order directing the government to review its policies on the H-1B visa program, as the administration says it looks to cut down on abuse in the system designed for high-skilled workers.
Nearly 200,000 applications were recently sent in for this year’s 85,000 spots in the popular program, meant to bring skilled workers from overseas to the United States. Critics argue the system is rife with abuse, as it allows companies to unnecessarily import cheap labor instead of hiring within the country. Proponents counter that it is a necessary way to fill tech jobs that are crucial to the American economy.
Trump has already signaled hostility toward the H-1B system, and earlier this month, USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced it would increase scrutiny of the program through expanded “site visits” to employers using H-1B visas. “Too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged,” the agency said in a statement.