US President Donald Trump will extend an existing visa ban to include certain non-immigrant work visas to protect US workers amid the economic devastation associated with the coronavirus pandemic, a senior government official said on Monday.
Trump will block entry of foreign workers into H-1B visas for skilled workers and L-1 visas for workers being transferred within a company by the end of the year, the official said.
The president will also block seasonal workers with H-2B visas, with the exception of workers in the food industry.
The move comes despite opposition from foreign-dependent companies, including large technology companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country's largest business association, that have announced they are choking the economic recovery.
Critics of the measure say Trump is using the pandemic to achieve its long-term goal of limiting immigration to the United States.
The immediate impact of the proclamation is likely to be limited as US consulates around the world remain closed to most routine visa procedures due to the pandemic. Trump is running for re-election on November 3 and has made hard immigration a key issue for voters, despite the fact that the corona virus, weak economy and recent nationwide protests against police brutality have overshadowed this issue in recent months.
Visa suspension is Trump's latest move to limit immigration in response to the pandemic and the economic consequences.
Trump will also renew an April proclamation that temporarily prevents some foreigners from staying in the United States, the senior official said on Monday.
Trump introduced new health-oriented rules in March that allow immigrants caught at the border to be deported quickly and virtually block access to the US asylum system.
At the same time, he announced that the land borders with Canada and Mexico would be blocked for non-essential crossings, a measure that was extended several times.
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