US President Donald Trump has put a pause on New Green Cards and working visas for the foreign workers until the end of 2020.
US President Donald Trump passed an executive order freezing the entry of individual foreign workers by proposing a pause on some Green Cards. The new rule cover H-1B, High skilled tech workers, non-agricultural seasonal helpers, au pairs and top executives will be the one affected.
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The White House said that this pause would advantage the workers in America who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus pandemic as unemployment records high. As per US government data, nearly 50million Americans are been jobless due to the crisis and this new job will free up just 5.25lakhs jobs and reports says that 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits lately.
“ Under the extraordinary economic contraction from the Covid-19 outbreak, certain nonimmigrant visa programs pose an unusual threat to the employment of American workers,” Trump revealed.
“ President Trump is focused on getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible,” said an official.
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Apart from H1B visas, the new order will affect several other categories like h-4 visas, used by the technology worker for their spouses, L-1 visas for high level, and specialised company employees, L-2 visa type given to the dependents of L-1 holders. J1 visas meant for the people who would like to visit the US for cultural activities and educational purposes. They are valid for seven years, depending on the program type.
The existing visa holder won’t be affected by the new order announced on Monday. And also most of the foreign students who are graduated in the US who are eligible for a stay back in US will not be affected.
Mark Krikorian executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports the order told AP news agency: “This is a bold move by the Trump administration to protect American jobs.”
Business sectors who depend on foreign workers have strongly opposed constraints for the new order, while the US Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business association said the new policy will sultry the economy.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted he was “ disappointed” and that “we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.”
As for the present condition of Pandemic Trump’s order will have a limited effect since the US consulates are closed for most of the visa processing.