>> Skilled workers overseas hoping to land a job in the United States are facing a much more uncertain fate since President Donald Trump took office. According to data reviewed by Reuters, Trump's administration has been putting new road blocks in the way of those seeking the coveted H-1B visas needed to land temporary work at firms such as Apple and Google.
Immigration reporter Yeganeh Torbati.>> The government issues thousands of these H1-B visa every year. Basically meant to bring in high skilled foreigners to work tech jobs, engineering, medicine.>> But Torbati says immigration officials are increasingly challenging visa applicants that might once have sailed through.>> What we're seeing in the data that we got exclusively is that the Trump administration is issuing 45% more of these legal challenges this year than the Obama administration did last year, issuing what are called Request for Evidence.
These requests are really lengthy, they're cumbersome.>> The Request for Evidence can add months to the processing time before a visa applicant gets a yes or no. President Trump has made it clear he wants to overhaul the H-1B program.>> Right now widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries.
>> Immigration advocates are saying the immigration services using red tape to implement President Trump's stated goal of limiting H1-B visas.>> Critics of the H1-B insist the tougher scrutiny is warranted.>> Outsourcing firms, a lot of them based in India, have used the visas to bring in lower paid IT workers and replace American workers with them.
>> But immigration officials deny any change to US Policy.>> The Trump administration says that it is applying the law as it currently exists, not going beyond the bounds of current regulation.>> Trump signed an executive order in April, launching a review of the H-1B program, but he'll need Congress to make any substantial changes.