Trump Administration Drawing up Plans of Temporarily Banning Work-based Visas including H-1B Visa, US-China Trade Deal in a Limbo

  • A leading US journal has said that the US administration is working on temporarily banning the issuance of some work-based visas. The report published on Friday says that the US President Donald Trump’s advisors are currently drawing up plans of temporarily banning “visa categories including H-1B, designed for highly skilled workers, and H-2B, for seasonal migrant workers, as well as student visas and the work authorization that accompanies them.” If implemented, this temporary ban on H-1B status could adversely affect around 500,000 migrant workers. Experts believe that the Trump administration’s move is aimed at appeasing a part of the US workforce that lost their jobs in the last 2-months, which is estimated to be more than 33 million. In an interview, the US President Donald Trump has said that he is having a hard time with China in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic and went on to cast doubt on the future of his “phase one” trade deal with China. Trump said that the coronavirus pandemic overrode almost entirely the advancements done by the US in its initial deal with China. He went on to say that he is the first-ever US President to sign a trade deal with China as the US was losing around $500 billion a year. On Friday, the US President said that he hasn’t decided about the second phase of the US-China trade deal yet.