In a widely expected move, the Trump administration finally announced that it was suspending foreign work visas, including the popular H-1B visa, through the end of the year. The purported goal of the immigration proclamation is to protect U.S. workers seeking employment amidst the Covid-19 global pandemic; the Trump administration estimates the policy will prevent 525,000 American jobs from being filled by foreign workers. Agricultural workers, health care workers, and food service workers are exempted. The policy also does not apply to any foreign workers already in the United States.
The ban includes several non-immigrant visas (with certain exceptions), including:
- H-1B visa for specialized occupation workers
- H-2B visa for non-agricultural workers
- H-4 visa for the spouses of H-1B workers
- J-1 visa for exchange visitors
- L-1 visa for intracompany transfers
Critics and business groups have voiced their displeasure with this proclamation, claiming it could hurt an economic recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic. Workers who had planned to utilize one of these visas to enter the United States may be unable to do so until the end of the ban, currently set for December 31, 2020. The U.S. presidential election may have a significant role in determining whether or not the ban could be extended. This news joins many other recent stories of the Trump administration enacting policies to reduce immigration levels, with mixed success.
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The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth continues to keep track of any possible changes to immigration law. If you have questions about how this policy could affect you and whether or not anything can be done, we’re here to help. Call us at 888-517-9888 today to receive a free immigration consultation.