In order to reduce the risks to the employment of North Americans after the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, President Donald Trump announced on 6/22/2020, that he temporarily suspended the issuance of work visas to thousands of foreigners.
This measure implies the interruption of the following visas:
- H-1B Visa, which is a visa that allows American companies to temporarily hire workers in specialized occupations, who require theoretical or technical knowledge in specialized areas such as IT, finance, accounting, architecture, engineering, mathematics, medicine, etc;
- H-2B Visa, which consists of a visa that allows temporarily hiring workers to perform services or non-agricultural labor on a one-time accurrence or seasonal workers;
- J-1 Visa, which consists of a visa that allows hiring professors, academic researchers or exchange visitors.
- L-1 Visa, which consists of a visa that allows employees of foreign companies, who have a branch in the United States, to enter in the country to work.
This suspension is temporary and should be in force until 12/31/2020, but if necessary, this deadline will be extended.
President Trump’s decision it is not applicable to all workers who already have a valid visa, even if they are outside the country.
Although the United States is one of the countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and already has more than 40 million unemployed, this measure has been severely criticized by business leaders, who say that it will block the ability to recruit much needed workers , coming from abroad, as they are willing to perform work in certain areas, which the Americans are not willing or able to do.
With this decision, President Trump has followed the tendency to limit the entry of immigrants into the country, following what had already been in April – a decree that interrupted the issuance of a Green Card – a card that allows the possibility of living and working permanently in the States United.