After losing in two Supreme Court landmark cases, US President Donald Trump has now found a new target in his sights.
Trump has extended a pause on green cards and suspended visas for other foreign workers until the end of 2020.
According to a CNN report, high-skilled tech workers, non-agricultural seasonal helpers, au pairs, and top executives will be affected.
The White House has first announced the halting of visas in April.
However, this order expired on Monday.
White House is compensating for its losses.
The timing of the order coincided with the two Supreme Court decisions that contradicted two controversial Trump orders.
But the White House claimed that the recent ban is a move to create jobs for Americans hurting economically due to the pandemic.
Critics say the White House is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to tighten up immigration laws.
The Supreme Court gave a ruling that LGBTQ is covered by the Civil Rights Act, last week.
Also last week, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients received a favorable decision from the Supreme Court.
White House told reporters, the administration said the freeze, in place through the end of the year.
Who Does This Effect?
This would impact about 525,000 people.
Which includes an estimated 170,000 people blocked by the decision to extend a ban on some new green cards.
New green card holders are granted permanent residence to foreigners.
The order also applies to H-1B visas, many of which are granted to Indian tech workers.
It will suspend most H-2B visas for seasonal workers, including those in the hospitality industry,
Also, the order will restrict J-1 short-term exchange visas, a category that includes university students and foreign au pairs who provide childcare.
L visas for managers and other key employees of multinational corporations will also be suspended.
On the other hand, there are workers who will not be affected by the order.
Exempted for this order are those in agriculture, the food processing industry, and healthcare professionals.
Professors and scholars are also not included in the order. There will be a provision to request exemptions.