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Donald Trump extends immigrant, work visa restrictions till March

Donald Trump on Thursday extended an order suspending the issuance of certain types of work visas for another three months due to the raging coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters
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Washington [US], January 1 (ANI): US President on Thursday extended an order suspending the issuance of certain types of work visas for another three months due to the raging pandemic.

"The effects of COVID-19 on the United States labour market and on the health of American communities is a matter of ongoing national concern," Trump wrote in Thursday's proclamation, which cited the unemployment rate, pandemic-related restrictions on businesses issued by states and the rise in infections since June.

The restrictions also halt several temporary visas used by people abroad to work in the US, including the H-1B program that is popular in the tech sector and H-2B visas for non-agricultural seasonal workers. Cultural exchange J-1 visas for Au Pairs and other short-term workers; visas for spouses of H-1B and H-2B holders; and L visas for companies to relocate employees to the US will continue to be suspended as well.

"This proclamation shall expire on March 31, 2021, and may be continued as necessary. Within 15 days of December 31, 2020, and every 30 days thereafter while this proclamation is in effect, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor, recommend any modifications as may be necessary," Trump added.

According to The Hill, Trump faced pressure from some corners to extend the order into 2021, with certain allies noting the has yet to fully recover from the pandemic.

"If this proclamation was allowed to lapse, then companies could easily return to exploiting cheap foreign labour," said RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which had advocated for an extension of the restrictions, as quoted by The Hill.

"If President-elect Biden quickly rescinds, the country should take note -- he doesn't stand with American workers," Hauman added. However, there have been no comments made by the Biden team.

"The president-elect has vowed to undo many of Trump's immigration policies, but if the continues to struggle he may be less inclined to allow more foreign workers to join the U.S. labour force when millions of Americans are still unemployed," The Hill reported.

Trump earlier released a video where he said that "our is growing at the most rapid rate ever recorded.

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First Published: Fri, January 01 2021. 07:32 IST