US President Donald Trump has suspended visas until the end of 2020 for other foreign workers.
High-skilled tech employees, seasonal non-agricultural helpers, au pairs, and top executives will be targeted according to the proposal.
The White House said the decision was made to build jobs for Americans facing financial problems because of a coronavirus pandemic.
In a briefing, the administration said that this program will affect around 525,000 people. It will include 170,000 individuals blocked to expand a ban on any new green cards by the law. The White House had first announced that in April, it was suspending those visas, an order that is expected to expire on Monday.
People who already have existing visas should be exempted from the new decision.
A senior official said the aim is to get the “best and brightest” and the “most benefit for our economy”
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said, “This is a bold move by the Trump administration to protect American jobs.”
However, the American Civil Liberties Union said: “It’s the exploitation of a pandemic to reshape immigration law while superseding Congress.”
Many businessmen have also opposed the new decision.
The Chamber of Commerce wrote in a letter, “As the economy rebounds, American businesses will need assurances that they can meet all their workforce needs,”
“To that end, it is crucial that they have access to talent both domestically and from around the world.”