The US suspends work visas for 2020

No more US work visas in 2020; All eyes on Canada, Australia

Trump freezes immigration

The decision has finally been made by the US President Donald Trump. Employment-based immigration to the US has been suspended from June 24, 2020 till December 31, 2020.

The executive order by the President of the US will come into effect from June 24, 2020. New visas for US immigration will not be issued in the following categories:

  • H-1B– It’s a non-immigrant visa. It’s used by US companies to hire graduate workers from abroad. They employed the workers in specialty occupations requiring expertise and specialization.
  • H-2B– A visa for temporary workers who do not work in USA for the agriculture industry. The businesses in the US will hire these temporary workers to fill the deficiency of native workers and keep the business running.
  • J visas– J visas, or Exchange visitor visas, are non-immigrant visas for people approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the US.
  • L visas– This type of visas is a work visa that’s available to those who are in managerial positions and have specialized knowledge and are subject to temporary intracompany transfer.

The new presidential order applies to those outside the US, and not holding a US work visa. The order however maintains the clause that the US government can exempt certain people from the suspension. People seeking asylum in the US will also not be subject to the order.

The state of affairs with the US now has prompted prospective migrants to shift their focus to the next best choice, Canada. Canada has been a very prominent choice for skilled workers and students even in times of the restrictions it had imposed to combat COVID-19. The country still conducts immigration draws and is welcoming more immigrants with confidence.

Already, those in the US with USA work permit who find it difficult to get a Green Card, opt to attempt Canada for permanent residency. Canada gives much greater opportunities for permanent residency.

The foreign workers in the US even get an upper hand in Express Entry draws for permanent residency. This is owing to their work experience in the US, good language skills, and high level of education.

International workers should find this as a great opportunity to utilize job opportunities in Canada. The country has already built a reputation for its ambitious policies trying to boost its economy through immigrants.

Canada is going ahead with its immigration draws at the federal and provincial levels. Hence, the best decision at this point is largely obvious for international immigrants.

Another great country to look up to is Australia. The country is seeking a large number of skilled immigrant workers. The country is inviting them through its skilled migration events. Apply for an Australia work permit and find that you have as good an opportunity as you sought after in the USA.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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