Donald Trump to suspend H1B, other visas?

ST Staff
Sunday, 21 June 2020

The Trump administration has at an earlier occasion, made news with the temporary work visas when in 2018 the administration tightened the rules for companies to hire highly-skilled workers under the visas. 

According to reports, US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an order that may suspend all H1B, L1 and other temporary work visas in the US. These visas, according to the National Public Radio (NPR), are expected to be suspended through the end of this year.

The H-1B visas are issued to certain skilled-workers, whereas L-1 visas are issued for internal company transfers in larger organizations. 

The Trump administration has at an earlier occasion, also made news with the temporary work visas, when in 2018 the administration tightened the rules for companies to hire highly-skilled workers under the visas. 

Companies in the US, typically use these visas to hire foreign skilled workers when faced by a shortage. These visas are particularly famous among Indians seeking to work in the US.

The order is also expected to affect the H-2B visas issued to seasonal workers such as construction staff and hotel staff. The J-1 visas, reserved for research scholar, professors and doctors may also be suspended.

According to media reports, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) RJ Hauman said, "No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time.” 

The organization that works for lower-level immigration, also reportedly called on Trump to suspend guest worker visas.

"We have some concern over potential abuse of broadly written exceptions, but there is still time for that to be addressed, both now and during implementation," said Hauman. 

The reports led to panic in the tech community in the US, and professionals in transit were reportedly denied entry into the US. 

The president was also quoted in an interview saying, “We're going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on the visas."

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