Elizabeth Gibbes wrote in Global Trade Magazine about how businesses looking to use a variety of work visas in the U.S. will continue to face hurdles well into 2021.
"Former President Donald Trump’s restrictions on the issuance of H-1B visas for professional workers, H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers, J visas for participants in work and student exchanges, and L visas for intracompany transferees were extended until the end of March," Elizabeth wrote. "President Joe Biden’s administration has signaled it may revoke those sooner, but other priorities may delay immediate action before these restrictions expire anyway. The Biden administration has also put back into place or added to other restrictions impacting business travel into the United States, including requiring a negative COVID-19 test to fly into the U.S. and directing U.S. government agencies to review additional measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus."
"The coronavirus restrictions are only part of the story though," she continued. "There continue to be other immigration headaches for businesses that will take longer for Biden to address regardless of the state of the pandemic. These matters include a complicated issue tied to per-country limits on employment-based immigrant visas. It is an example of a thorny issue for the federal government to address and for businesses to navigate until and only if more comprehensive immigration reform is passed."
You can read her full article here: Exploring Near- and Long-Term Business Immigration Hurdles in the U.S. in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Change in the U.S. Administration Under President Biden.
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