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The president stuck to his stated position Tuesday, ensuring that the federal government would do "everything in [its] power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words, 'Made in the United States of America'".

Trump derided the "totally random" lottery system that used to allot H-1B visas to employers, saying it allows companies to undercut American workers by bringing in lower-paid replacements, which drives down wages.

Mr Trump announced the order and made remarks at a visit to the headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool maker in Wisconsin.

President Trump has moved towards his first major breakthrough in changing legislative policy by signing an executive order which targets highly-skilled workers in the United States.

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The latest executive order comes at a time when the businessman-turned-politician is nearing his 100th day in office, looking to regain momentum on the domestic front after his flagship travel ban was blocked in court and his vaunted health reform foundered in Congress.

Betsy Lawrence, the director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told CNN that, "Although released with ceremonial flair, the order will have no immediate impact on H-1Bs".

The tech sector for decades has lobbied to increase the number of H-1B visas.

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The Trump administration has so far only called for a review of the H-1B program without proposing any concrete changes.

Going to a more merit-based H-1B system could attract more people with advanced science and technology skills, Mr Atkinson said in a statement.

She said limits on non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B program make it harder for many foreign students who are educated in MA to find work in the state after graduation. "Workers are often brought in well below market rates to replace American workers", the official said.

Indian nationals are the largest group of H-1B recipients annually.

An administration official who briefed reporters in advance named Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp and Mphasis Corp as examples of outsourcing companies that would likely have fewer visas approved as the administration's changes are adopted.

AK Steel did not respond to requests for comment.

In the US, outsourcers often bring staffers into the country on work visas, train them in the tech departments of leading corporations and then rotate them back to India where pay and living costs are lower.

The visas are meant to go to foreign nationals in occupations that generally require specialised knowledge - such as science, engineering or computer programming.

Lottery funds more than 65,000 H1-B applications each year with another 20,000 handed out to graduate student workers.


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