On Jun. 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order Jun. 22 restricting foreign nationals from outside the U.S. certain employment-based visas through the end of the year and extending a green card ban enacted in April through Dec. 31.
The Order suspends work visas for a broad range of jobs, including:
- H-1B tech visas for skilled workers;
- H-4 visas for spouses of H-1 visa holders;
- H-2B seasonal worker visas;
- J visas for workers who may participate in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair or summer work travel program; and
- L visas that allow American companies with global operations and international employers to transfer foreign employees to their U.S. offices.
It is important to know that the restrictions do not apply to visa holders already in the U.S. or whose visas are already approved. Health care workers researching or treating COVID-19, and those working in the U.S. food supply chain are also exempt. This means that the Order does not cancel current valid visas, only restricts the issuing of new ones. Workers already in the U.S. may apply for visa extensions.
The executive Order also extends a green card ban through Dec. 31, 2020. That ban was initially set to expire Jun. 22. Please call Employers Council with questions.