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Worldwide ERC® Sends Trump Letter on Nonimmigrant Visas

Worldwide ERC® - May 22 2020
Published in: Public Policy
Worldwide ERC® sent President Trump a letter requesting that he not suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas

Yesterday, Worldwide ERC® sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump outlining our position that the U.S. should not temporarily restrict access to nonimmigrant visas. Worldwide ERC® also signed on to a letter to the President from 324 employers, associations and groups making a similar request on particular nonimmigrant visas.

In his Proclamation of 22 April, which temporarily suspended immigrant visas, the President directed the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to review nonimmigrant visa programs. The Secretaries must report to the President on nonimmigrant programs and “other measures appropriate to simulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States Workers” within 30 days.

The letter included the several key arguments:

  • The U.S. will need a strong workforce mobility infrastructure and employers need to be able to relocate employers for an economic recovery to occur.
  • The workforce mobility industry employs 150,000 people many of who work for small businesses that can ill-afford to continue to lose business.
  • Suspending the O, H-1B, H-4, E, F-1 and especially L-1 visas would have significant impacts on necessary to U.S. economic recovery and our members.

The letter went to senior officials at the White House, Departments of Homeland Security, Labor and State as well as House and Senate Judiciary Committees

How This Impacts Mobility

The proclamation on immigrant visas is not significantly impacting the relocation of employees to the U.S. in the short-term. During this COVID-19 public health emergency, most companies have voluntarily suspended relocating all but essential employees. Also, U.S. consulates abroad are not currently processing applications and travel restrictions are in place around the globe. However, implementing a suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas as countries are starting to ease restrictions would restrict workforce mobility at a time when it is critical to the U.S. and global economic recovery. ​