What is this “Buy American and Hire American” for current H-1B’s?


Earlier this week the new President of the US visited a manufacturing firm in WI and signed an executive order which said Buy American and Hire American. Now, what is the main purpose of this order? What does this order have? Are there any new set of legislations yet to take place? Are there any new legal immigration issues yet to be notified and changed? Yes, indeed more changes are expected to follow up and how the changes will be implemented across is what this blog is focused on.

One of the main purposes of this order is to recommend the government and the lawmakers to draft new laws to reform the legal immigration system. The concern of the new administration is with regard to the widespread abuse of the US H-1B visa from many outsourcing firms which are primarily based in India and have operating offices in the US who offer h1b sponsorship. This news was sudden and unexpected as this had really brought a scare to all the several non-US citizens or immigrants who have applied for H-1B this year. The USCIS has reportedly received about 199,000 applications so far and the ones who are selected will be notified in the coming weeks and many would have already known by now.

Now, what is expected to happen? Firstly the order has just been passed and whether it will be really coming into effect nobody knows. What has been signed is just an order that is encouraging the government as well as the lawmakers to come forward with all the recommendations over the next two to three months with new legislative packages for legal immigration. But the bills need to go through the congress to get it approved and as the president alone cannot pass the bill or come into reality.

Although there is majority in congress for GOP it may still take many months to come into reality and most of the GOP lawmakers have already drafted a law that says that they are yet to review the visa as well as legal immigrations in general with a senator from Arkansas in the front line and as far as the skilled immigrant visa is being debated, the idea is to privilege to be given is to highly skilled immigrants who hold a graduate degree as well as who can perform tougher as well as highly paid jobs. The main target is to cancel the lottery system which takes place every year as always and doesn’t want it to take place this year.

What about the h1b visa jobs that is out now? Will the current set of H-1B visa applicants be affected in any way? Will it be the same like the last few years? What is likely to happen in the future? It is fully possible that the H-1B lottery that has taken place this month will be the last one of its kind for this type of visa. In addition to all this, the new eligibility requirements will be introduced so that the outsourcing firms are discouraged from abusing the H-1B program and only the highly qualified ones are eligible to even get the visas. Let us just hope for the best for all and work harder to achieve our goals. 


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