Immigration advocates say that the beefed-up vetting is bound to add to already-lengthy backlogs of applicants.
The bill aims at stopping employers that are awarded temporary visas through the H-1B programme from using them to train workers in the US then move those jobs to another country.
Responding to questions from Senators, Acosta said that it's important to look at the issue that he highlighted about foreign workers taking American jobs.
The pound's fall has made prices in London much cheaper for foreign visitors, although not for local residents who earn their incomes in sterling.
The new policy could help the conservative kingdom achieve one goal of economic reforms launched last year to ease joblessness among Saudis from the current 12.1 percent to 9 percent by 2020.
As part of the effort to retain Indian talent, who come to the US for higher studies with most of them being in the field of STEM, Tillis favoured the idea of giving green card along with their degrees.
Fitch recently revised up its US growth expectations in recognition of the increased likelihood of fiscal easing, higher private investment and improving global outlook.
USCIS's announcement also reflects that there is no changes in H-1B visas this year as was being anticipated in view of some media leaks of a proposed executive order on this work visa.
The US Fed also stuck to its outlook for two additional rate increases this year and three more in 2018. The central bank lifted rates once in 2016.
Trump wrote off $100 million in losses to reduce his federal taxes, according to the documents.
The rate increase expected on March 15 will be the second in four months, a pace unseen since the peak of the US housing boom in 2006.
When adjusted for inflation, the trade deficit rose to $65.3 billion from $62.0 billion in December. Both the inflation-adjusted exports and imports were the highest on record in January.
Adding to tech companies' worries, the Trump administration announced Friday that it would temporarily stop allowing expedited applications for H-1B visas.
Those who qualify for H1-B visas under more stringent conditions either imposed by the Trump Administration or by a bill introduced jointly by a Republican and a Democratic in Congress would likely have a leg up in the merit system.
Trump said he was open to a broad overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, a shift from his hardline campaign rhetoric.
Trump said he wanted to provide "massive tax relief" to the middle class and cut corporate tax rates.
A merit-based system - such as those in use in Canada and Australia - would, he argued "save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families - including immigrant families - enter the middle class."
This was the University of California's first outsourcing, said a spokeswoman who added that the layoffs were necessary due to rising costs of technology.
Now that he's done with his near 21-year stint as Saudi Arabia's oil minister, during which his utterances could move everything from crude to currencies and stocks worldwide, Ali al-Naimi says he doesn't want to talk about the market anymore.
The minutes of the January 31-February 1 discussion, at which the central bank voted to keep rates unchanged, also showed the depth of uncertainty at the Fed because of a lack of clarity on the new Trump administration's economic program.