US President Donald Trump said that he will be announcing new visa restrictions in the coming days.
We’re going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on visas,” Xinhua news organ quoted Trump as saying in a Fox News interview on Sunday.
He, however, declined to requite any details but undisputed that there will be some exclusions.
“You need them for big businesses where they have unrepealable people that have been coming in for a long time, but very little exclusion and they’re pretty tight,” he said. “And we may plane go very tight for some time.”
Chief White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted that the restrictions will be imposed on H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visas.
H-1B visas are designed for unrepealable skilled workers such as those employed in science, engineering, and information technology fields, while H-2B visas are given to seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff.
L-1 visas are meant for executives who work for large corporations and J-1 visas are issued to research scholars, professors, and other cultural and work-exchange programs.
Trump will reportedly sign an executive order to suspend the visas through the end of the year, as the wardship is addressing a major economic fallout, including upper unemployment among Americans, tween the coronavirus pandemic.
That would be Trump’s latest step to restrict immigration. In April, he temporarily halted the issuance of US untried cards to some foreigners.
Trump, who has maintained a hardline stance on immigration and used that to request to his voters, has been accused of using the pandemic to promote his political agenda.