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Donald Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order

H-1B visas are intended for foreign nationals in occupations that generally require higher education, including science, engineering or computer programming.

Mr Trump will direct the departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security and Labour to propose reforms to the scheme, which allows American employers to bring foreign workers to fill U.S. jobs.

The executive order also declares that American projects should be made with American goods. The commerce secretary is to review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.

This includes looking at America's free trade agreements to make sure they meet the standard of "fair and reciprocal" - meaning, another senior administration official explained, "we shouldn't be a net loser in the government procurement game by entering into these waivers". The waivers could be renegotiated or revoked if they are not benefiting the United States.

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Overwhelmingly, India has been the biggest recipient of H1-B visas. Proponents counter that it is a necessary way to fill tech jobs that are crucial to the American economy. Many of these jobs happen to be in tech.

Employers submitted 199,000 applications for the 85,000 H-1B visas available in the 2018 lottery, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The government uses a lottery to award 65,000 visas every year and randomly distributes another 20,000 to graduate student workers.

"But this election, the American people voted to end the theft of American prosperity". Trump also promised to either replace or modify the current lottery-based selection process for H-1B visas.

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"The H-1B visa program is commonly discussed as being for when employers have a labor shortage", Daniel Costa, director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, told NPR. Ron Johnson, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, and more. But according to studies, 80 percent of the approved applications were for the two lowest wage levels allowed. "There is a lot we can do administratively, and the rest will be done hopefully legislatively". Jobs went to other countries and more goods were imported.

Editor's Note: This story was last updated at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 with comments from President Donald Trump. Completely reversing course and making it hard for companies to hire the best and the brightest from around the world would stymie innovation and potentially topple America's reputation as a tech and business leader (because smart people can create stuff anywhere-right now America just has the best opportunities). "It's one I asked then-candidate Trump about in June 2015 because of course, many Trump corporation products are not made in the U.S. Far from it".

His order, however, does not mention the H-2B visa, which allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign, non-agricultural workers for seasonal employment.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the USA visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, putting technology firms and the outsourcing companies that serve them on notice that possible changes may be ahead.

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