On Monday, the US President as per the previous information, suspended workers from foreign nations from entering the US for all through the year 2020. This move shall extend support to US national when they are facing high unemployment levels, though businesses strongly condemn such a step.
It is to be noted that the effects of the ban shall not be seen immediately as already the issuance of new visas has already taken a hit amid the pandemic.
Furthermore, only new visa-holders will see a crisis owing to the step and those
The visa categories to be impacted due to the move include:
The visa with a validity of 6 years is issued to people from the high skilled or IT industry. Indians are among the nationals who are issued the most H-1 B visa following Mainland China nationals. Only 143 H-1B visas were issued in May 2020, compared with 13,678 in May 2019, according to Department data.
H-2B visas are for seasonal non-agricultural labor. They are generally valid for up to 3 years and are for industries like food processing, hotel work, and landscaping.
H-4 visas are for the spouses and children of H-1B and H-2B holders. The proclamation is not addressing this category specifically but restrict entry of any alien who accompanies H1- B or H-2 B visa holders.
J-1 visas are for cultural and educational exchange for 7 years period. The order applies to J-1 holders "participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program." and there is no annual cap.
J-2 visas are for the spouses and dependents of J-1 holders. It is valid for the duration of the J-1 visa.
L-1 visas are for high-level and specialized company workforce. They are generally valid for up to seven years and there is no annual cap
L-2 visas are for the dependents of L-1 holders. They are valid for the duration of the associated L-1 visa.