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May 1, 2017

Donald Trump is putting “America first.” He is ordering the federal government to buy American products and hire American workers. As a result, the H-1B visa program will come under review this year.

H-1B visa holders are foreign workers with special skills needed by companies in the US. Unlike immigrants and refugees, they come here on a temporary basis for several years to fill a specific position for a specific company.

The H-1B visa program is a type of lottery system. American companies fill out applications for H-1B workers. However, there are many more applications than the government allows; the first 85,000 randomly chosen names will get visas.

However, the lottery system does not function fairly. For example, many Indians have H-1B visas because consultants in India have teamed up with American companies to flood the lottery with applications. The consultants make money and American companies increase their chances of filling jobs with H-1B workers.

Another problem comes with the wages of H-1B workers. According to observers, some US banks and Wall Street Firms are hiring very skilled labor to manage their complex financial systems for lower pay than American workers would receive.

Tech companies need highly skilled workers to work on innovative projects. They are complaining that they cannot hire the number of highly-skilled H-1B workers that they need.

Critics of this system, including President Trump, want to get rid of the lottery and give priority to “the most skilled and highest paid applicants.” However, no one knows at this time what will happen to the H-1B visa program.

Published May 2017

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