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US President Donald Trump signs order to review H-1B visa programme

The plan is mostly popular among Indian IT professionals and a change in it is likely to impact them severely.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2017 1:17 pm
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United States President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, signed an executive order to review the H-1B visa programme which helped foreign workers find jobs in the US. The plan is mostly popular among Indian IT professionals and a change in it is likely to impact them severely. Donald Trump, during his election campaign, had raised the issue of ‘bringing jobs back to Americans’ and began working on modifying the H-1B visa programme since the early days of assuming leadership.

“Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries to fill the same job for, sometimes, less pay. This will stop,” Trump was quoted as saying after he signed the executive order.

“Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans. No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades,” he added.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also announced a tighter visa policy for the businesses to bring workers in the country. 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. However, Turnbull said that more restrictions will be imposed to ensure that workers are brought from outside only to fill the skill gap in order to create more job opportunities for the Australian citizens.

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  1. Otto von Heinrichsen
    Apr 19, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    This will force the tech-industry to build-up knowledge and introduce tools & processes for improving the collaboration in locally distributed, so called "virtual teams". This is the logical next step of Globalization anyway: after capital-flows & goods its now on work to become accessible globally. You shall get paid for what you deliver - no matter where you live! (disclaimer: I am the producer of the CYBR CSCW-SUITE for advanced project-communication & collaboration. I made the full groupware application available at sourceforge.)
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      Abha Indian
      Apr 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
      These goras are racist. They do not want fair compe ion. Trump is following policy of apartheid. Where is our idot feku. He has very good relationship with uncle Sam. They are opportunist. Why to die to go to USA?
      1. U
        Apr 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm
        Die in Kashmir! !
      2. D
        Apr 19, 2017 at 11:37 am
        Good job. The IT guys were almost always pro-modi and pro-right wing. Some even supported Trump. Let them taste their own bitter pill now.
        1. J
          Apr 19, 2017 at 11:02 am
          Good move. Now other Western countries should also limit anyone but Christians into their country. Even india is becoming just like taliban . Avoid all people from countries that are going radical.
          1. K
            Apr 19, 2017 at 10:48 am
            It is a correct decision. It is not against indians as is made out to be by many. No country will want people without merit. This we have to keep in mind when we want good progress in our own country.
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