If the H-1B visa is suspended, hundreds of companies and thousands of people will be affected, Bloomberg said Monday. About 85000 employees get H-1B visas every year. In the past few years, the government has been tightening the H-1B program, and the approval rate of applications has declined. The technology industry relies on the H-1B visa to hire foreign talent, especially in science and engineering. But critics say some companies are abusing the program to replace American workers.
Major U.S. companies, especially those in the technology industry, urged trump not to block foreign workers from entering the United States, saying it would harm the U.S. economy, Reuters said Monday. Asked if there would be any exceptions to the new restrictions, trump said, very few.. Reuters said Trumps tough stance on immigration was at the heart of his campaign for re-election. In April this year, he ordered a temporary ban on the permanent residence of some foreigners in the United States. The new visa restrictions are his latest immigration restrictions in response to the epidemic and the recession.