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US visa freeze targets foreign workers

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
US visa freeze targets foreign workers

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The United States is temporarily suspending the entry of some foreign workers to the country as the Trump administration has decided to suspend their visas till the end of 2020. The move aims to free up some jobs as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

The presidential proclamation, issued on Monday, is extending the ban on green cards issued outside the country and freezing many temporary work visas.

The ban applies to H-1B visas, which are used mostly by tech companies to hire people with specialized knowledge, H-2B visas for nonagricultural seasonal workers especially those in the hospitality industry, J-1 visas for students and L-1 visas for employees of multinational corporations.

The White House said the move will create jobs for Americans hurting economically due to the pandemic. The critics, however, claim that the administration is using the cover of the pandemic to make its immigration laws stricter.

Existing visa holders are not expected to be affected under the new restrictions announced on Monday.

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