The White House extended a ban on immigrants coming to the U.S. on work-based visas and green cards through the end of March, setting up another immigration policy decision for the incoming Biden administration to grapple with.
The ban, which had been set to expire on Thursday, applies to immigrants coming to the U.S. on H-1B and several other employment-based visas, along with people coming on green cards to work or reunite with family.
The ban on work-based visas in particular was roundly criticized by Silicon Valley and other U.S. companies that said they depend on the visas to bring employees into industries ranging from tech and consulting to landscaping and seasonal jobs at resorts.
In October, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents a broad cross-section of these industries, won a partial injunction on the visa ban in court, allowing its member companies to resume bringing over foreign employees.
It isn’t known how the ban extension will affect the court’s order.
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