Biden Administration to Allow Work-Visa Ban to Expire
-On April 1, 2021, President Biden let a June 2020 executive order banning the issuance of new non-immigrant worker visas (including H-1B) expire.
-The Ban was imposed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and was in effect until March 31, 2021. It blocked foreign workers on a range of temporary work-based visas from coming into the US. The Trump administration had imposed it saying it was necessary to safeguard jobs for American workers as the economy sputtered and unemployment soared because of lockdowns designed to contain the coronavirus.
-The decision to let the ban expire will benefit a wide range of companies and individuals. However, even with the ban lifted, it may be tough for many of the blocked workers to come to the US since the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions still remain in effect for most of Europe, Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa, and consulates in several counties are working on extremely limited capacity.
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