The U.S. President has signed an executive order on June 22, 2020 suspending foreign worker visas to U.S.A until December 31, 2020.
The new executive order is already in effect at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, June 22 and expires on December 31, 2020 [and may be continued as necessary]
It is the policy of the United States to enforce this proclamation to the maximum extent possible to advance the interests of the United States.
This Executive order could affect more than 240,000 applicants just based on these three work visa categories. The measures, decreed through this executive order would free up 525,000 jobs for American Workers
The new Executive Order limits immigration to the United States for the rest of this year. During this period USCIS will not issue new employment-based visas under the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visa categories including ‘Green Cards’ for new Immigrants
Tech firms use the visas to bring hire thousands of overseas workers every year.
Foreign nationals seeking to enter the US to provide temporary labour or services essential to the food supply chain are exempted from the latest proclamation.
The suspension will not affect those already in the U.S on valid Visa[s].
The Optional Practical Training [OPT] that most foreign students are eligible for after they graduate in the U.S also remains unaffected
U.S President quoted “the restrictions, confirmed in an executive order on Monday, will help the U.S. recover from the coronavirus pandemic”