The new visas included are L-1 visas for intracompany transfers, H-1Bs for workers in specialty occupations as well as the H-4 visa for spouses, H-2Bs for temporary non-agricultural workers and most J-1 visas for exchange visitors.
Like the April order, the latest proclamation only applies to people outside the US. It doesn’t apply to lawful permanent residents, spouses or children of a US citizen, individuals working in the food supply chain and individuals “whose entry would be in the national interest.”
The new restrictions take effect on June 24.
The Department of Homeland Security also released a regulation that would bar most asylum seekers from obtaining work permits — adding yet another hurdle for those seeking refuge in the United States. The rule was initially proposed last November.