The Coronavirus pandemic has caused fluctuation in the employment rates all around the world, including the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. President Trump has signed a new legislative order to restrict immigration to the United States throughout the rest of the year. This suspension of the U.S. work visa will expire on 31 December 2020. 

According to Trump management, the purpose of this legislative act is to protect 525,000 jobs. This ratio illustrates the number of foreign nationals that will not be able to work in the U.S. until the end of 2020 due to this legislative order. The Trump government has prolonged claims that welcoming immigrants aches American workers. In their opinion, limiting immigration during the coronavirus pandemic will help the American workers get to land on their feet.

Moreover, the government of Canada continues to support that immigration gives rise to employment, and it remains firm to welcome higher levels of immigration. Visit Canadian immigration programs for more details.

Who is suspended from acquiring a U.S. work visa in 2020?

For the rest of the year, the U.S. will not issue new labor-based visas in H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas. The suspension applies to the people outside of the U.S. and who do not have a valid U.S. work visa. The U.S. government exempts some of the people from the suspension of the U.S. work visa.

Furthermore, it does not apply to those who are seeking refuge in the U.S. In April, Trump declared suspension on green cards, but at that time, he did not suspend job-based visas. Now along with a suspension of job-based visas, the date of suspension of green cards is also extended till the end of 2020.

The U.S. President Trump has over and over promised that he would put the American workers first. The executive order of the suspension of the U.S. work visa by U.S president Donald Trump raised considerable concern amongst business and industrial groups. The ban on H-1B visas is a significant concern for many because it is quite frequently used to occupy positions that are not readily available in American workers.

The executive order of suspension of the U.S. work visa did not apply to agriculture workers (H-2A), who the president says is essential to ensure the shelves of the supermarkets remain stuffed with fruits and vegetables. All the health care workers involved in treating coronavirus patients will also be exempt from this order.

H-1B Visa is issued to up to 85,000 People in a Year

The H-1B visa is highly appreciated as it is granted to about 85,000 people in a year. It allows employers of the U.S to hire foreign workers in professions that require highly specialized skills, primarily in the technological sector. The holders of H-1B visas sometimes find difficulties in getting a U.S. green card. It makes them attentive to obtain permanent residence in Canada.

Read our previous article Three key changes to New Zealand Temporary Work Visas in 2020.