Jun 23, 2020 03:29 PM

Trump Suspends Visas for Highly Skilled Workers


What’s new: The U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a proclamation suspending certain types of visas for working in America, including H-1B visas for highly-skilled workers, until the end of the year, a move he said would help the American labor market weather the Covid-19 pandemic.

The restrictions, which take effect Wednesday, will also bar foreign managers of multinational corporations on L visas from relocating to their companies’ U.S. offices. Most nonagricultural seasonal workers holding H-2B visas and exchange visitors on J visas will also be affected. The measure will exempt those already in the U.S., valid visa holders, spouses and children of U.S. citizens, and food supply chain workers, among other specified groups.

A senior official of Trump’s administration told reporters Monday that measure will keep a total of 525,000 foreign workers out of the country through the end of the year.

The background: The order is part of Trump’s efforts to limit entry of immigrants and keep foreigners from competing with U.S. citizens in the labor market. Trump also extended a ban on certain green cards on Monday, which was originally issued in April.

The visa restrictions can daunt foreign students from applying for American universities, as they mainly rely on the halted H-1B visas to work in the U.S. after graduation, media reported.

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