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COVID-19: Trump Bans US Work Visa (See Affected Categories)

Trump moves to protect American jobs in the wake of COVID-19 job losses



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The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has taken a decision to ban some categories of visas that could allow immigrant workers come into the country.

Naija News understands that the step was taken to provide and protect the job available to Americans particularly at entry level in the wake of the job losses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A senior administration official is quoted to have told journalists on condition of anonymity that the move would free up 525,000 jobs, and should address a great challenge of job loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“President Trump is focused on getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible,” the official said.

The administration official said the new order by President Trump on Monday would extend to the end of 2020 and include H-1B visas provided to 85,000 workers each year with special skills.

It will also cover most J visas, common for academics and researchers, and L visas used by companies to shift workers based overseas to their US offices.

The official also stressed the H-1B visa freeze was temporary while the program is restructured.

The executive order, signed Monday afternoon, will extend and widen the 60-day freeze Trump placed on new work permits for non-US citizens two months ago.

Trump “is going to prioritize those workers who are offered the highest wages,” as an indicator that they can add more value to the US economy, the official said.

“It will eliminate competition with Americans… in these industries at the entry level, and will do more to get the best and the brightest.”