President Donald Trump has signed a new Executive Order to suspending employment-based immigration to the United States for the best part of this year. The Order takes effect immediately and lasts till December 31, 2020.

The purpose of the Executive Order is to protect 525,000 American jobs, according to Trump government. This figure constitutes the number of foreign nationals that the government estimates will not be able to work in the U.S in 2020 as a result of the Executive Order.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unemployment rates to increase around the world, including in the United States and Canada.

The white house has long argued that welcoming more immigrants hurts American workers. They believe limiting immigration during the coronavirus crisis will help American workers land on their feet.

However, on the Northside of the border, Canada has continued to argue that immigration creates jobs, and she remains focused and committed to welcoming high levels of immigration.

Who is Affected by the U.S Executive Order

For the remaining part of 2020, the United States will not issue new employment-based immigration visas under the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visa categories.

H-2B visa is for non-agricultural seasonal workers, J visas facilitate work and educational visitor exchange programs, while L visas facilitate intra-company transfers.

The suspension applies to people presently outside of the United States and who do not currently possess a valid U.S. work visa.

The Executive Order provides the U.S. administration with the flexibility to exempt certain people from the suspension. Moreover, it does not apply to those seeking asylum in the United States

Trump earlier announced a suspension on green cards in April but did not suspend employment-based immigration at the time. Today’s Trump’s Executive Order also extends the freeze on new green cards to the end of 2020.

Available Canadian immigration options

The H-1B visa is widely sought after and is issued to up to 85,000 people per year. It allows U.S. employers to hire temporary foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized hands.

H-1B visa holders sometimes encounter obstacles in getting a U.S. green card, resulting in them looking to the likes of Canada to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

Former H-1B visa holders are among the good number of Indian citizens who move to Canada each year, often via the Express Entry system.

Canada has had special coronavirus immigration measures put in place since the middle of March 2020.

Nonetheless, the federal and provincial governments have continued to hold immigration draws since March to welcome newcomers to the country.

Canada is expected to feature several more federal and provincial immigration draws this week.

In total, Canada offers over eighty (80) different immigration routes to foreign skilled workers who are both living inside and outside of the country.

Canada’s Global Talent Stream is another popular option for tech workers in the United States and other parts of the world who wish to move to Canada.

Temporary foreign workers are among those exempted from the travel restrictions and are permitted to enter Canada including from the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other exempt persons can also gain entry to Canada from the U.S. while travel restrictions are in place.

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