What is a Temporary Green Card

Trump extends temporary immigration ban

Washington - In view of the high unemployment as a result of the corona pandemic in the USA, President Donald Trump extended the ban on legal immigration until the end of the year. Trump on Monday extended a rule that essentially affects foreigners seeking a green card for permanent residence in the United States. Various work visas are also suspended.

The US government justified the measures with the continued dramatic situation on the labor market as a result of the extensive shutdown of the economy to contain the corona pandemic. Because of the precautions, more than 40 million people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily, since mid-March. The number of initial jobless claims stagnated recently. However, despite the slow opening of the economy, there is still no sign of any real relaxation.

Half a million American workers should benefit

Trump is running for a second term in the presidential election in November and is trying to show zest for action. It is extending and expanding the suspension of certain visas to ensure "American workers have priority when we recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus," a White House statement said. "With a few exceptions, we should not allow large numbers of foreign workers to come to the United States at a time when so many Americans are unemployed."

The government estimates that around 525,000 American workers will benefit from the measures now coming into force, a senior government official said on Monday. Conversely, this means that more than half a million workers from abroad are affected.

Exception for employees with a permanent residence permit

H-1B visas, of which up to 85,000 are issued annually, are intended for highly specialized professionals such as engineers and scientists who will work in the United States for a limited time. The US government announced that it would work on a long-term reform of the H-1B program. The L-1 visa is intended for the internal transfer of an employee; the category J visa is usually used by interns or participants in exchange programs.

The order only applies to foreign nationals currently outside the United States who do not yet have an entry permit. Anyone who already has a permanent residence permit is not affected. There are also exceptions for spouses and children of US citizens and for grocery workers. The labor, homeland security and foreign ministries should regularly check whether changes to the measures are necessary.

New infections are rising in several states

The USA is the country with the most proven coronavirus infections in the world. Over 2.3 million cases are known, and more than 120,000 people died after being infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. Because of the rapid spread of the virus, the states had issued strict exit restrictions, which are now gradually being relaxed. However, the pandemic is far from over. In several states, the number of new infections has recently increased, sometimes dramatically. According to calculations by the "New York Times", the new infections detected on Sunday in the USA accounted for 20 percent of all registered worldwide. (APA, June 23, 2020)