Trump signs executive order targeting specialty work visas: 5 things to know

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During the trip, he's expected to sign what his aides are calling a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order.

Many engineering jobs have been going to foreigners under the H-1B visa program, which allows corporations to bring in tens of thousands of foreign workers annually to work for less, thereby driving down the wages of all Americans.

At the signing of the executive order, Trump said his administration will enforce "Hire American" rules to protect the jobs and wages of American workers. The Chamber of Commerce added that it would be a "mistake to close the door on high-skilled workers" who can contribute to the growth and expansion of American businesses and make the USA more competitive around the world.

Technology executives, who have generally been critical of Trump's policies, were tentatively positive about the White House's efforts to change how work visas are doled out to foreign workers. Several US reports have said a majority of H-1B visas are grabbed by Indian IT professionals. "Those three companies are companies that have an average wage for H1-B visas between Dollars 60,000 and USD 65,000". More than 25 percent of the high-paying baseball jobs go to foreigners under P-1 visas not subject to the H-1B visa caps, despite how Japan sharply limits the number of foreign players it allows to play in its major league.

This year, about 199,000 applications for H-1B visas were received for the 2018 intake compared to 236,000 received last year.

Information for this article was contributed by Catherine Lucey, Scott Bauer and Paul Wiseman of The Associated Press; by Michael D. Shear of The New York Times; and by Jennifer Epstein of Bloomberg News. SNA, -0.39% to sign the order and tout what he calls his "buy American, hire American" agenda.

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In short, it won't.at least not yet.

President Donald Trump- hammering his "America First" campaign theme after recent policy flip-flops that have infuriated his populist base - signed an executive order on Tuesday authorizing studies and tweaks in government rules that could lead to restrictions on foreign technical workers.

"You're creating an entirely new structure for awarding these visas. But [the order] calls for stepped-up enforcement and that could mean things like doing more random visits of employers, or audits of employers who have a high percentage of H-1B visa holders".

Other possible reforms include raising fees for the visas.

The White House official also noted that ultimately, agencies will have to follow the official rulemaking process, or legislative action will be required to change the program.

Although Congress did introduce an H-1B reform bill in January, it has sat untouched in an immigration subcommittee since Jan. 13.

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