Trump signs a proclamation halting H-1B work visas and other temporary visas
Donald Trumpsigned a proclamationMonday halting a variety of immigration visas.
- It temporarily suspends H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, and L-1 visas, affecting the tech industry, students, and au pairs, among others.
- Those visas will be on hold until the end of 2020.
- On a call with reporters, administration officials said the move would prevent immigrants from taking 525,000 jobs as unemployment remains above 13%.
President Donald Trump extended a freeze on
The proclamation extends the 60-day freeze on work visas put in place in April.A wide swath of professions will be affected, including those in the tech industry and at universities, as well as au pairs. Advertisement
H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, and L-1 visas will be halted under the order.
On a call with reporters, administration officials said the measure would reserve 525,000 jobs for American citizens. The proclamation cited the high unemployment rate amid the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons for extending the order."The exceptions — there are none under H-1B or H-4. H-2B, I noted — the H-2B exception is those dealing in closest to agriculture or aquaculture, seafood, but not the kind of restaurant, hotel, club, etc., stuff you heard referenced earlier," a senior administration official said on a call. "That's about 10 to 15% of all H-2Bs are in either seafood or food processing. This is, you know, packaging up food to be distributed or participating in the distribution. There are no exemptions for any of the L visas."
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