According to reports, not all H-1B visa holders will be allowed back. According to the list of exemptions issued by the State, only certain H and J visa applicants who are ‘traveling to work in support of a critical US foreign policy objective (such as Covid-19 response) and/or traveling at the request of the US government; will be exempt from this ban.
The development comes days after a group of 174 Indian nationals, including seven minors filed a lawsuit against the presidential proclamation on H-1B that would prevent them from entering the United States or a visa would not be issued to them.
"The proclamation 10052's H-1B/H-4 visa ban hurts the United States' economy, separates families and defies the Congress. While the two former points render it unseemly, the latter point renders it unlawful," said the lawsuit filed by lawyer Wasden Banias on behalf of the 174 Indian nationals.
U.S. President Donald Trump
displays an executive order on police reform during a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S.
The lawsuit seeks an order declaring the presidential proclamation restriction on issuing new H-1B or H4 visas or admitting new H-1B or H-4 visa holders as unlawful. It also urges the court to compel the Department of State to issue decisions on pending requests for H-1B and H-4 visas.
"In the administration of our nation's immigration system, we must remain mindful of the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in the current extraordinary environment of high domestic unemployment and depressed demand for labor," said the proclamation issued by Trump.
In his proclamation, Trump said the overall unemployment rate in the United States nearly quadrupled between February and May of 2020 -- producing some of the most extreme unemployment ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the May rate of 13.3 per cent reflects a marked decline from April, millions of Americans remain out of work.
The proclamation also extends till year-end his previous executive order that had banned issuance of new green cards of lawful permanent residency.