President Biden will let a ban on certain temporary foreign work visas expire on Wednesday, according to two administration officials, reopening a labor pool that was cut off by his predecessor during the coronavirus pandemic.
Former President Donald J. Trump blocked visas for a variety of jobs in a drastic order last June, including those for programmers and computer engineers entering the United States on H-1B visas, students in work-study and seasonal workers in the hotel industry. industry.
The Trump administration said at the time that the ban on temporary work visas, as well as a separate block on green cards, was necessary to protect job opportunities for Americans who lost their jobs due to the economic assessment of the pandemic. But many studies have shown that immigrants benefit the economy. Business leaders have openly criticized the orders as blocking out critically needed employees willing to work jobs Americans are unwilling or able to do.
After professional associations filed a lawsuit against the foreign workers order, a federal judge in California in October lifted the ban on a large number of work visas.
The ruling at the time only applied to members of organizations that had sued the administration, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, National Manufacturers Association, National Retail Federation, Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges, and TechNet, a technology industry group.
Mr Biden had previously revoked Mr Trump’s ban on new green cards, saying it did not “advance the interests of the United States.” Even during the pandemic, Mr Biden said the restrictions had hurt the nation by “preventing some family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from reuniting with their families here. It also hurts industries in the United States that use talent from all over the world. “