Trump’s Ban on H1B Visas: Everything to Know

Looks like the rumors were true. President Trump has signed an Executive Order according to which, new non-immigrant visas will be temporarily suspended. What does it mean? Let’s take a look.

What’s the reason behind this order?

Well, the argument is that unemployment in the U.S.A is at an all time high and therefore allowing more non-Americans to U.S.A for jobs is going to aggravate the situation. Therefore, to help create more jobs in the U.S.A, non-immigrant visas like the H1B are temporarily suspended.

Which visas are affected by this order?

According to Trump’s EO order, new non-immigrant visas including H1B, H4, L1, L2, J1 and others are going to be affected and will remain suspended.

What about H1B visa holders in India?

Looks like anyone outside of U.S.A without a valid visa stamp, will not be able to enter the U.S.A during the temporary suspension period.

Are H1B visa holders residing currently in USA affected?

No. Current H1B (and other visa) holders residing within the U.S.A will not be affected by this order. They can continue to apply for visa extensions etc.

Is this a travel ban?

Yes. It appears that this is also a temporary travel ban for non valid US visa holders outside the US. They cannot enter back to U.S.A during this period.

Will the order apply for H4 visa holders?

Yes. If you are an H4 visa holder and are outside of the U.S.A then you cannot travel back to U.S.A during this travel ban period under any circumstances. However, if you are inside the U.S.A and are an H4 visa holder, then you will not be affected.

What are the exceptions in Trump’s EO?

The following statuses are exempted from Trump’s executive order and does not have a travel ban whether they are inside or outside the USA.

  • Green Card Holders (Lawful Permanent Residents)
  • Spouse or child of US citizens.
  • Any foreigner seeking to enter US for temporary labor or services for US food supply chain.
  • Anyone whose entry is of national interest as determined by Consulate or State Dept.

How long is the visa suspension for?

The visa suspension is until 31st December 2020.

How till Trump’s Executive Order affect U.S economy?

The visa suspension will open up 525,000 jobs for U.S. workers, a senior administration official said on a call with reporters to Business Standard.

Response from companies on Trump’s Visa Suspension order

Many companies and top executives have come to express their views on the executive order to temporarily suspend visas. Many are criticizing the move, while some are in agreement.

Below are some of the noted responses.


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