The President will sign an executive order Tuesday that will reshape the visa program as it pertains to high-skilled workers.
The H1-B visa program, which is used by tech companies to bring in high-skilled workers, will see a bit of an overhaul on Tuesday when the President issues a new executive order.
The President will sign the executive order at a manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which reportedly will make it far more difficult for U.S. employers to “look overseas for workers to fill middle-income jobs”.
At a background briefing with reporters, senior administration officials described the current H1-B visa program as a lottery system that indiscriminately hands out work visas to contracting firms that recruit low-skilled, low-wage workers to replace working-class domestic laborers.
They say a new system is needed to ensure that the program returns to its original purpose of bringing in high-skilled, high-paid workers to fill more specialized or technical roles.
Though the order will not immediately amend the system, the Labor, Justice, Homeland Security, and State departments will take part in a review of the H1-B visa program and make recommendations that will hopefully be into place through either administrative or legislative means.