WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order suspending H1B, L1 and other temporary work visas through the end of the year, according to National Public Radio (NPR) citing multiple sources familiar with the plan.
The new order, which may come just hours ahead of a nationalistic rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, late Saturday at which Trump is expected to throw red meat at his base, is expected to include broad exceptions. It will not affect those people already in the U.S.
The executive order is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff and J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors, including doctors, many from India who use it to eventually become permanent residents and citizens.
Panic swept through the tech community workers as word of the impending order came through. Some visa holders traveling to the U.S and in transit posted on social media accounts of being denied entry to the US.