On April 8, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order, Buy American and Hire American, directing government agencies to review policies relating to the H-1B visa program. The government agencies involved are the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State. The agencies have been tasked to recommend changes to the H-1B program that would prevent the displacement of U.S. workers, and to reform the program so that H-1Bs will only be awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid foreign workers.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security has since announced its efforts. First, USCIS encourages employers to utilize E-Verify when verifying new hires’ employment eligibility. Second, email addresses have been set up allowing the public to report H-1B (ReportH1BAbuse@uscis.dhs.gov) and H-2B (ReportH2BAbuse@ucsis.dhs.gov) abuse and fraud activities. USCIS is also working with other government agencies to enhance inter-governmental information sharing to promote efficiency in visa processing. Finally, USCIS will be enhancing its current site visit program.
Stay tuned for more agency updates relating to this Executive Order.