TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA PROGRAM
The Trump administration is tightening up an employment-based visa program that allows highly skilled foreign workers to come to the United States, arguing the changes are necessary following shocks to the labor market caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that they will release regulations targeting H-1B visas intended for highly skilled workers — an employment-based visa used in part by large tech companies to bring in workers.
It’s the second time this year that such visas have taken a hit.
Over the summer, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation placing limits on H-1B visas, among others, through the end of the year.
The latest actions by the administration are part of a concerted effort to roll back the visas available to people overseas as a result of high unemployment in the US resulting from the pandemic.
They’re also in line with the administration’s attempts to curb legal immigration to the country.