On June 22 President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order, “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” placing a moratorium on H1B, H2B, and L Visas. Most J-1 Visas were also suspended. A 60-day moratorium on the issuance of new green cards was also extended. Non-U.S. Citizens currently in the country on these visas will not be impacted.
Motor vehicle manufacturers are very concerned that new experts brought in regularly under H1B visas to upgrade production and train staffs will no longer be allowed to do so. In addition, MEMA is concerned that executives traveling in the future under L visas as senior managers for MEMA member companies and a range of other manufacturers will be blocked from entry.
MEMA noted in a statement that, “Motor vehicle parts manufacturers and U.S. jobs have long benefitted from the entrance of highly-skilled, legal immigrants, into the workplace. This strategic use of technical expertise has fostered American jobs and strengthened U.S. manufacturing. As written, (the immigration executive order) will negatively impact our ability to remain globally competitive thereby hurting our industry and the American economy.”
The Executive Order is in place until December 31, 2020, but will be reviewed periodically. The Department of Homeland Security will review implementation after 30 days, in consultation with other agencies. Thereafter, reviews will occur every 60 days with the Department of Homeland Security authorized to make changes to the order in consultation with other agencies.