Dec. 30 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday indefinitely prolonged a suspension of worldwide visas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump mentioned restrictions on inexperienced playing cards and varied forms of work visas throughout the pandemic — initially set to run out Thursday — will stay in place “till terminated by the president.”

“The secretary of state, the secretary of well being and human companies and the secretary of homeland safety shall, as applicable and as United States international coverage pursuits and persevering with public well being dangers could warrant, submit a joint advice for such termination,” Trump mentioned in a memorandum.

Trump initially signed an order inserting a maintain on the issuance of latest inexperienced playing cards in April after which expanded it to incorporate H1-B, H-4, L and most J visas in addition to some H2-B visas with an exception for meals processing staff in June.

H-1B visas grant momentary work authorizations to folks with extremely specialised information and are generally utilized within the tech business, whereas H-Four visas are issued to quick members of the family of people that maintain H-1B visas. Issuances of H-1B visas are at present capped to 85,000 yearly.

H-2 visas present momentary work for agriculture, building, forestry and different industries; L visas are for momentary intracompany transfers who serve in administration positions or have specialised information; and J visas are supplied for study-based alternate customer packages.

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse lots of Trump’s immigration insurance policies, together with journey bans from majority-Muslim nations and insurance policies separating kids from dad and mom on the border. He is additionally vowed to reform the visa system and restore refugee admissions to their ranges previous to Trump’s presidency.