US worker visas suspended for the rest of 2020

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order to suspend temporary visas for foreign workers until the end of the year, rjrnewsonline reports.

The decision has angered advocates who say Mr. Trump is targeting immigrants for domestic political reasons.

The restrictions would block entry into the United States under the H-1B visa programme for high-skilled workers, and would also affect several other categories of visas, the H-2B visas used by seasonal workers, such as in the construction and hospitality industries.

Others that are impacted are H-4 visas given to spouses of H-1B visa holders; L-1 visas for executives who work for large corporations; and some J-1 visas for scholars and professors.

Health care professionals and farm workers are expected to be exempted.

The worker visa bans and green card suspensions would prevent 525,000 immigrants from working in the United States between now and December 31.

In April, the president signed an executive order that suspended for 60 days the issuance of green cards to foreigners looking to live in the United States.

Monday’s order extends the green-card prohibition.