Trump’s H-1B visa freeze is over

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Former President Donald Trump’s ban on visas for guest workers has expired, allowing foreign workers to reapply for entry into the United States. The news is a win for tech companies, including Apple, Twitter and Google, each of which was loudly against the policy.

Former President Donald Trump said the ban was in response to rising unemployment in the United States as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. During the campaign trail, Joe Biden went back to this claim and mentioned it an attempt to distract from the Trump administration’s failure on the virus

The ban targeted H-1B visas, but affected a wider range of workers, NPR reportsManagers at large companies and students who took part in dual courses also got into the fray.

Employees who were already in the United States also had their lives turned upside down. In June 2020, an Egyptian tech worker in the Bay Area said The edge that he planned to go back to Egypt for his brother’s wedding, but now could not leave the country. “I feel like I am selectively trapped,” he said. “If someone in my family falls ill, I cannot go back.”

In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was “deeply disappointed” by the ban. Twitter said it was undermined “America’s Greatest Economic Asset: Its Diversity.” Both companies rely on H-1B visas to hire foreign workers without going through the traditional immigration process.

In an announcement on April 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports said workers who were denied visas Due to Trump’s restrictions, new applications will now have to be filed.