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North Carolina residents may be familiar with a couple of big U.S. Supreme Court decisions that were issued last month, including one regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy that allows child immigrants to become eligible to obtain work visas in the U.S. President Trump attempted to end the DACA program, but the U.S. Supreme Court overruled him, in a surprise to many.

Executive order suspends temporary work visas

On June 22, President Trump signed an executive order putting a temporary moratorium on foreign work visas. In support of the order, the Trump administration says that putting a halt on temporary visas for foreign work orders will make over half a million jobs available to American workers. Groups that oppose the measure say that President Trump is targeting immigrants for political reasons.

Halt on issuance of H-1B visas

H-1B visas, which are given to highly skilled workers in the technology industry, are generally not as impacted by tightening laws on immigration. Now, however, they are included in the suspension of work visas. Also included in the freeze are H-2B visas for seasonal workers, H-4 visas for the wives of H-1B visa holders, L-1 visas for executives of large corporations, and some J-1 visas for college educators and scholars.

H1-B visas may be harder to get in the future

Though the suspension of work visas is a short-term measure, the Trump administration is working to implement something more long term. Currently, a lottery system is used to determine who will get an H-1B visa every year. President Trump wants to limit H-1B visas to the highest wage earners.

This new order is disconcerting both to those trying to enter the U.S. and those already living in the U.S., particularly those who may be here on an expired visa or with no visa at all. If you have concerns about the validity of your immigration status or need assistance applying for a work visa or another means of obtaining residence, an immigration attorney may be able to assist.