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Trump Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program That Feeds Silicon Valley

  • U.S. toughens H-1B applications for overseas programmers
  • Tech and outsourcing companies depend on the visas for talent
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Trump Administration Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program

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The U.S. administration began to deliver on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to crack down on a work visa program that channels thousands of skilled overseas workers to companies across the technology industry.

Fed up with a program it says favors foreign workers at the expense of Americans, the Trump administration rolled out a trio of policy shifts. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday made it harder for companies to bring overseas tech workers to the U.S. using the H-1B work visa. On Monday, the agency issued a memo laying out new measures to combat what it called "fraud and abuse" in the program. The Justice Department also warned employers applying for the visas not to discriminate against U.S. workers.