H-1B visa restrictions are introduced by Trump. Reports say it will affect 240,000 people but won’t affect certain people who are already in the US.
US President Donald Trump has plans to restrict employment-based visas in the US. It is said to affect approximately 240,000 people trying to figure out employment or work in the US across industries from technology to finance and hospitality.
It was in a Fox News interview that Trump said he will announce new restrictions on various work visas Sunday or Monday. A certain category of people who are already in the US won’t be affected by the new changes.
According to the reports, there will be very few exclusions on several different visa categories, including the H-1B program for high-skilled workers, the L-1 program for managers transferring within their companies, and H-2B visas for non-agricultural temporary workers.
“In some cases, you have to have exclusions. You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a long time,” he said.
One possibility under consideration would restrict people from entering the US on visa categories including the H-1B program for as long as 180 days, Bloomberg News reported June 12, citing two people familiar with the proposal. Workers who were granted those visas but remain outside the country may not be able to enter until the order expires.
The move would affect hundreds of companies and thousands of people: In the fiscal year 2019, the H-1B visa was awarded to about 133,000 workers starting initial employment with a company. More than 12,000 people were granted L-1 visas in initial applications, and more than 98,000 people were issued H-2B visas. Barring exclusions, Trump’s plan could affect more than 240,000 applicants just based on these three work visa categories.