President Biden plans to allow the visa ban of some temporary workers approved by former President Donald Trump to expire on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter said.
The moratorium on H-1B visas used by technology companies to hire foreign cryptographers was set in June. Biden prefers not to extend it, say people who ask not to appear because the decision has not been made public. The White House declined to comment.
Biden’s decision would be welcome for business groups that have been pressuring the administration to lift the ban since taking office. The directors were disappointed that the order was not revoked immediately, claiming that it harmed American companies.
Washington’s state-of-the-art technology executives, including Microsoft President Brad Smith and CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association Michael Schutzler, last year criticized Trump’s claims that temporary visa bans would boost the US economy.
The Biden administration was reviewing Trump’s restrictions on guest workers’ visas, which included non-farm seasonal workers, au pairs, and more.
Last month, Biden revoked Trump’s executive order to halt the release of new grout, citing an epidemic that dramatically reduced legal immigration to the United States. Trump has argued that policies are needed to protect the US economy as it emerges from the recession caused by the epidemic.
“On the contrary, it is detrimental to the United States, including by preventing certain members of the family of U.S. citizens, legal residents, from joining their families here,” Biden said in a statement. “It also hurts US industries that use the world’s talent.”
At the same time, the visa ban for guest workers was lifted. Porary temporary work visas are not popular with unions and other labor groups who claim that they make American workers unfavorable to their foreign counterparts.
Despite the Trump administration extending the visa ban by the end of 2020, opponents of the restrictions have already had some success in court.
A California federal judge on October 1 made a preliminary ruling in a lawsuit filed by several major business groups, including the National Chamber of Commerce and the US Chamber of Commerce. The groups claimed that Trump had exceeded his authority by imposing immigration restrictions in his June 22 declaration.
Trump’s Justice Department appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In February, the Court of Appeals requested a report on the status of the parties by April 7.
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