On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt certain work visas for immigrants coming to the country for employment.
Expanding on a temporary immigration ban Trump introduced in April, the order blocks new immigrants on employment-based visas from coming to the United States through Dec. 31, 2020. Trump has cited high unemployment as the primary motivation to restrict immigration.
The ban freezes the following employment-based immigrant visas:
- H-1B for high-skilled workers (used by major American technology companies)
- H-2B for seasonal employees (used for non-agricultural seasonal workers)
- H-4 for spouses
- L-1 for corporate executives (used by multinational corporations)
- J-1 for professors and exchange programs
The freeze on visas will take effect immediately. This order does not change the status of immigrants already in the United States.
Refer to the below news brief for additional information.