The Trump Administration announced on Monday it is suspending five classes of work visas, including H-1B visas through the end of 2020 in an effort to open jobs to Americans.
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs over the last few months due to the Coronavirus lockdown orders.
Trump is working to get Americans back to work by extending the Coronavirus-related immigration ban originally announced in April.
Via the Washington Examiner:
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Trump will extend the 60-day halt he took April 22 toward incoming green card recipients, or those who have been approved to live and work in the United States as permanent legal residents. Trump will further expand the visa bans to additional types of visas.
“That is being extended to the end of the year and the president is expanding that measure in light of the — frankly — the expanding unemployment and the number of Americans out of work,” a senior administration official told reporters in a call Monday afternoon. “He’s going to include a number of nonimmigrant visas.”
In all, the visas being suspended would prevent approximately 525,000 immigrants from entering through the end of 2020.
According to senior admin officials, the White House will restrict virtually all H-1B, H4, H-2B, J and L visas.