The White House has extended the freeze on issuance of “green cards” for new immigrants and suspended range of work visas for foreigners, including all H-1B and H-4 (for H-1B spouses) till the end of 2020 in order to protect jobs of American citizens lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump had initially suspended the issuance of the visas for three months, but now has extended it till the end of the current year.
“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens,” Trump said in a statement following the order.
“The entry of additional workers through the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa programs, therefore, presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak,” he…
Source: Linda Ikeji