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    President-elect Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

    The main U.S. visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program.

    H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year, Reuters reported. The tech industry, which has lobbied to expand the program, may now have to fight to protect it, immigration attorneys and lobbyists said.

    Trump sent mixed signals on the campaign trail, sometimes criticizing the visas but other times calling them an important way to retain foreign talent.

    Sessions, however, has long sought to curtail the program and introduced legislation last year aiming to make the visas less available to large outsourcing companies such as Infosys.