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Republicans Urge Expansion and Extension of Immigration Proclamation

Sara Divyak
Director of Client Services

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to extend and expand his April 22, 2020 Proclamation on immigration. They ask the President to suspend all new guest worker visas for sixty days, and to suspend certain categories of new guest worker visas for at least the next year, or until unemployment has returned to normal levels.

Specifically, the letter calls for:

  • Suspension of new guest worker visas for sixty days.  
  • Suspension all nonimmigrant guest worker visas for the next sixty days, followed by a continued suspension of new nonimmigrant guest workers for one year or until national unemployment figures return to normal levels. [Includes H-1B and OPT]
  • Suspension of the EB-5 immigrant visa program, effective immediately (EB-5) were exempt in the original EO.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

This is only a proposed letter and there have been no confirmed changes at this time. However, we encourage our clients to open cases proactively in the event that any of these proposed plans come to fruition (6 months ahead of expiration for most cases). We'll continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates as soon as we know more.

Additional Resources: What the President's New Executive Order Really Means

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.

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