Trump suspended the issuance of work visas and green cards until the end of 2020: details of the ban
The administration of US President Donald Trump has temporarily suspended the entry of some foreign workers into the United States, which is seen as job vacancies for Americans. Despite strong opposition from many enterprises, the economy is going through hard times due to the coronavirus pandemic. Writes about it The Guardian.
The Presidential Declaration, released on Monday, June 22, will extend the ban on issuing new green cards until the end of the year, and will freeze the issuance of many temporary work visas, including H-1B visas, which allow employers to hire foreign workers with specialized knowledge and are actively using technological companies and multinationals.
The administration is making efforts to maintain jobs in the United States in an economic downturn. A senior official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity estimated that restrictions would free up to 525 jobs for Americans.
Who the restrictions apply to
At a briefing for journalists, the administration said that about 24 people would be affected by the freeze, which will go into effect on June 525 and will remain in effect by the end of the year, writes with the BBC.
This includes approximately 170 people affected by the decision to extend the ban on issuing new green cards.
A temporary ban is introduced for H-1B visas, which are used for skilled workers, H-2B - for seasonal workers, L - for workers transferred to companies, and J - visas for exchange programs, internships, au pair, work and travel programs . The visa also applies to the decree, which is intended for spouses and children who hold the listed types of visas, writes "Voice of America".
Benefits will be provided for food workers, which make up about 15% of H-2B visas. Coronavirus assistants will continue to be protected from freezing green cards.
The decree does not apply to those already in the United States, as well as to spouses and children of US citizens, seasonal food workers and foreigners whose entry is in the national interest of the United States.
How did American companies react?
Large technology companies such as Amazon, Google, and Twitter have spoken out against new immigration restrictions.
Amazon called the move "short-sighted," in a statement, stating that "preventing the entry of highly skilled professionals and helping to rebuild the US economy threatens US global competitiveness."
“Immigration has made a huge difference to the country's economic success, making it a global technology leader,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. "We are disappointed with this announcement - we will continue to support immigrants and work to empower everyone."
And Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter vice president of public policy and charity, said: “This ban undermines the greatest US economic asset: diversity. People from all over the world come here to join our workforce, pay taxes and contribute to our global competitiveness on the world stage. ”
The ban, although temporary, can lead to a serious restructuring of legal immigration if it becomes permanent. Long-term changes targeting asylum seekers and high-tech workers are also considered.
The BSA, a group representing large software companies, called on the administration to review its changes, in particular with respect to the H-1B program, saying that they would hinder the economic recovery, making it difficult to fulfill critical positions.
A pro-immigration group with strong support from Silicon Valley, FWD.us, said these actions “will not only hinder efforts to save lives, but also prevent job creation and damage our economy as our country tries to recover.”
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- April 22, US President Donald Trump signed a decree restricting immigration to the country.
- Tramp considers the possibility of suspending the issuance of a number of work visasH-1B in particular due to massive unemployment in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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