Administering the melting stress, as a way to preserve US jobs in the midst of the economic recession. A senior official who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, estimated the restriction on the free number of jobs for the Americans to 525,000.However, large tech companies, such as Amazon, Google and Twitter have been quick to denounce the new immigration limits.
Amazon called the movement “shortsighted” in a statement, saying that “preventing high-skilled professionals from entering the country and contributing to the US economic recovery puts American global competitiveness at risk”.
“Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a world leader in technology, and also Google, the company it is today,” said Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google. “Disappointed, today, announces – we will continue to defend with immigrants and the work of expanding opportunities for all.”
And Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter, the vice president for public policy and philanthropy, said: “This proclamation undermines America’s greatest economic asset: its diversity. People from all over the world come here to join our workforce, pay taxes and contribute to our competitiveness on the world stage. ”
The ban, while temporary, would amount to a major restructuring of legal immigration, if made permanent, a goal that had eluded administration before the pandemic. Long term changes targeting asylum seekers and high tech workers are also sought after.
Business groups pressed hard to limit changes, but had little what they wanted, marking a victory for hardliners of immigration as Trump, as it seeks to build support for the November election.
The visa ban applies to H-1B visas, which are widely used by tech workers and their families, H-2B visas for seasonal non-agricultural products, J-1 visas for cultural exchanges and L-1 visas for managers and other key employees of multinational companies.
There will be exceptions for worker food processing, which account for about 15% of H-2B visas, the official said. Healthcare workers, helping with the fight coronavirus will continue to be spared the green card freeze, although their exemption will be narrower.
Trump imposed a 60-day ban on green cards issued abroad in April, which was scheduled to expire on Monday. The announcement, which primarily targets family members, drew a surprisingly cold reception from immigration hardliners, who said the president did not go far enough. The new measures to include non-immigrant visas has gone a long way toward appeasing hard-line supporters.
BSA, a group that represents large computer companies, urged the administration to reconsider its changes, particularly for the H-1B program, saying that they will hamper economic recovery by making it more difficult to fill critical jobs.
“Fulfilling those roles that are more abundant than the number of US employees qualified to fill these jobs can be kept in the US,” the group said. “This allows companies based in the United States to remain globally competitive, which stimulates the US economy, creating jobs for millions of Americans.”
A pro-immigration group with a strong Silicon Valley back-up, front-wheel drive. We are told the moves “will not only hinder efforts to save lives, but will prevent the creation of jobs and harm our economy our country to fight to recover ”.
Freezes for visas issued abroad are designed to take effect immediately. Other changes, including restrictions on work permits for asylum seekers, will go through a formal process-taking rule that takes months.
The administration is proposing a new method of awarding H-1B visas, the official said, granting more according to the highest salary instead of lottery.
H-1B visas are capped at 85,000 a year for people with very advanced knowledge ”and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, often in science, technology, engineering, education and accountability. Critics say high-tech companies have used visas as a tool to outsource jobs to foreigners, replacing Americans.