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Work Visa Program Under Federal Review

The Trump administration has ordered a review of the H-1B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in positions that require specialized knowledge. Although the review will not change existing rules for the visas, the Trump administration has expressed interest in changing the approval process from a lottery to a merit-based system.

Currently, H-1B visas are used mainly by technology companies to fill roles that require an extensive background in science, engineering or computer programming. However, critics of the program believe that it’s also used by outsourcing firms to flood the system with applications for lower-paid information positions, which takes work away from Americans.

The Trump administration has yet to set a timeline for changes to the H1-B program. However, Trump has stated that the visas should only go to the most skilled and highest-paid foreign applicants, and never be used to replace Americans.

Filed under: Recent Headlines — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 11:10 pm May 17, 2017