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Trump signs order on high-skilled worker visas

AP  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the US.

The order Trump signed at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc targets the H-1B visa programme.

The says the programme undercuts American workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper foreign workers, which drives down US wages.

The order directs US agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration and abuse in the programme.

Agencies are also being asked to suggest changes so that H-1B visas are granted to the "most-skilled or highest-paid applicants."

Trump says the order sends a "powerful signal to the world" that the US will defend its workers, protect their jobs and put America first.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 01:42 IST