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

Trump mentioned restrictions on inexperienced playing cards and numerous kinds of work visas throughout the pandemic — initially set to run out Thursday — will stay in place till March 31.

“The results of COVID-19 on the USA labor market and on the well being of American communities is a matter of ongoing nationwide concern,” Trump’s proclamation on Thursday mentioned. “The present variety of new every day circumstances worldwide reported by the World Well being Group, for instance, is larger than the comparable quantity presnet throughout June and whereas therapeutics and vaccines are just lately out there for an growing variety of Individuals, their impact on the labor market and group well being has not but been totally realized.”

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 short-term work authorizations to individuals with extremely specialised information and are generally utilized within the tech trade, whereas H-Four visas are issued to fast relations of people that maintain H-1B visas. Issuances of H-1B visas are at present capped to 85,000 yearly.

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

The order extends the restrictions on visas properly past when President-elect Joe Biden is about to take workplace.

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 mother and father on the border. He is additionally vowed to reform the visa system and restore refugee admissions to their ranges previous to Trump’s presidency.