US President Donald Trump Suspends New H-1B Visas Till Year End Affecting Indian Workers

Donald Trump has extended a pause on some green cards and suspended visas for Indian and foreign immigrant workers until December 31, 2020.

Jessica David

June 23, 2020

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On June 22, the Trump administration suspended the temporary work visas, including H-1B, for foreigners till the end of the year. It marked the latest effort to bar the entry of immigrants to the country. The new policy is “extending and expanding” on President Donald Trump’s April pause on issuing new green cards, which will continue beyond the initial 60-day period until the end of the year, according to a senior administration official.

“H-1B action is temporary but permanent action is being taken on reforming the US visa system to one that is more merit-based,” a senior administration official told reporters at a media briefing. Donald Trump is also expected to sign an executive order today, directing new restrictions on most H-1B, H-4, H-2B, J and L visas, with some exceptions, lasting through December 31 – “frankly because of the expanding unemployment,” the official said. Any malpractice with the H-1B visas will be investigated by the US Labour Department (USDOL).

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