United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order restricting the employment of highly skilled foreign workers for the US federal government and its subsidiaries.
The new rules concern, in particular, H1-B category work visas for highly qualified foreign specialists. The decree requires US government departments and various contractors working under a federal contract to give priority to hiring employees to US citizens and residents, as well as holders of a permanent residence permit (green card), and only in the absence of suitable candidates to hire foreigners. The decree also obliges departments and contractors to conduct an internal audit to determine whether their policies comply with the new rules, TASS reports.
“President Trump’s actions will help tackle employer abuse of the H-1B visa program, which wasn’t designed to replace skilled American workers with cheap foreign labor,” the explanatory document says.
Recall that at the end of June, Trump signed an order to suspend the issuance of a number of categories of visas to the United States. Trump later promised “fantastic” growth for the US economy. At the same time, according to the results of the second quarter, the US GDP collapsed by 33%.