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Trump to sign executive order suspending certain work visas through 2020

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President Trump will sign an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020, cracking down further on immigration after signing a more narrow measure in April, officials said Monday.

The order applies to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas. It is the latest effort by the Trump administration to satisfy immigration hawks and groups that argue American workers should be prioritized, especially amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

H-1B visas are used for skilled workers and are used widely in the tech industry. H-2B visas apply to seasonal workers. H-4 visas are given to spouses of H-1B visa holders.

J-1 visas are given to researchers and scholars, while L-1 visas are used for executives transferring to the United States from positions abroad with the same employer.

The restrictions are set to remain in place for the rest of the calendar year and can be extended.

 

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