Less than a month into the new presidential administration, employers with global operations and employees from outside the U.S. are already adapting to major changes.
An executive order President Trump signed Jan. 27 issued an immediate stop on individuals from seven Middle Eastern and African countries from entering the U.S. for several months. Among other implications, the order presented employers with the scenario that workers, if they are citizens of the covered countries, might face issues returning to the U.S. if they go abroad for business.
And while the impact of that order gets sorted out, employers and immigration experts await the administration’s next immigration-related order, which reportedly would place new restrictions on temporary worker visas. Organizations in technology, health care, the sciences and other sectors that tend to seek talent from abroad could be affected by changes in the H-1B visa program.
On Jan. 28, foreign nationals from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were being detained in U.S. airports pursuant to Trump’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” executive order. The order as signed suspended the entry all foreign nationals from the covered countries for at least 90 days. The order also suspended the processing of refugees for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely.