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U.S. suspends issuance of some types of work visas through 2020

NHK reported this morning that since high unemployment has become a major issue in the U.S., the Trump administration has announced that it will temporarily suspend the issuance of certain types of visas until the end of this year in order to prioritize the employment of American citizens. The network said that according to a White House announcement on Monday, the suspension includes H-1B visas for foreign IT engineers and H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers. The White House reportedly estimates that the latest measure will create jobs for 520,000 Americans. The network added that the measure is also aimed at reducing the flow of immigrants into the United States, speculating that President Trump is hoping to play up his “America First” policy ahead of the presidential election in the fall. Since the latest immigration restrictions also include L-1 visas for intracompany transfers, the network said there is concern that the measure will have an impact on Japanese firms.

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