"In recent years, some employers have used the H-1B program to hire foreign workers despite American workers being qualified and available for work or even to replace American workers", the department said in a press release.
"We would encourage changes to the H-1B visas program", IBM CFO Martin Schroeter told CNBC in an interview. It will call for "the strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the U.S. of labour from overseas for the stated goal of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States", a senior official said.
President Donald Trump will take aim at information-technology outsourcing companies when he orders a review of H-1B visa programmes to favour more skilled and highly paid applicants.
However, one fact remains that none of these measures will actually protect the American workers unless they are applicable to all companies because Indian companies are the only ones covered by numerous legislation - contemplated as well as existing, and account for only 20 percent of the visas.
An analysis released by AP on Tuesday showed computer science hires - who make up three-quarters of the H-1B recipients receive about 9% less, on average, than United States workers with similar positions.
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The order targets the H1-B visa program, which allows companies to employ graduate level workers in specialty occupations like IT, engineering, mathematics and science. A close family member lost his job to a foreign worker because of this visa. "Everyone in my administration will be expected to enforce every last "Buy American" provision on behalf of the American worker, and we are going to investigate every single trade deal that undermines these provisions", he said.
It's unclear how the program may change, but India says America still has a shortage of skilled workers that the H-1B system was created to ease.
It will call on the departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to take action to crack down on what the official called "fraud and abuse" in the US immigration system to protect American workers.
"On April 29, Trump will be 100 days in office, and one of the promises he made was ... that he would make sure that Americans were hiring Americans and that they were buying American".
The new directive also attracted skepticism from Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, who said Trump's policies put profits over people.
Figures of how many visas are issued by state weren't available, but past year the government cleared at least 41,182 foreign workers to be hired by MA companies, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The H-1B visas section included no definite timeline.