Trump announces new visa restrictions
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US President Donald Trump yesterday temporarily suspended the issuance of new work visas for some foreign workers, a move widely contested by business groups. Trump’s presidential proclamation bans most H-1B visas for skilled employees as well as H-2B seasonal worker visas. It also restricts certain H-4, J-1 and L-1 visas. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Twitter, which rely heavily on H-1B visas, are opposing the directive.
The White House said the move would help the economy rebound amid the coronavirus crisis and that the visa categories targeted pose “a risk of displacing and disadvantaging American workers during the current recovery.” Critics argue that the order is part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to curb immigration.
The visa suspension, which exempts those already in the United States and visa holders abroad, as well as some workers in agriculture, health and food industry, takes effect Wednesday and lasts until the end of the year.
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