Buy American & Hire American: Boosted H-1B Fees Could Pay for American STEM Training

The proposed increase in H-1B fees would align with President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order – signed two years ago.

Intended to “protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and prevent fraud and abuse in employment-based visa programs,” in the words of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), President Trump’s executive order has resulted in tightening of H-1B policies.

President Trump’s executive order has also resulted in the potential elimination of the H-4 EAS, which allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain work.

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