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Immigration Law & 2020: Looking Back

The past year has been tumultuous for immigration law. As COVID-19 swept the globe, the Trump Administration made several changes to laws that impacted immigrants significantly. Today, we're taking a look back at the bast year and how immigration law changed throughout.

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The Trump Administration's Contentious History with Visas

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, the Trump Administration passed sweeping changes to several kinds of visas that significantly changed immigration.

L-1 visas, which enable employers to transfer employees working overseas into America, saw heavier restrictions placed on them. Additionally, it became much harder for employers to supply H-1B visas to new employees.

These changes appeared largely targeted at preventing employers from importing workers in an effort to encourage corporations to continue employing American citizens as the economy slowed down.

Travel Restrictions Prevented Immigrants from Coming to the U.S.

Immigrants wishing to visit or move to the U.S. also found it significantly harder to cross country borders as the Trump Administration shuttered travel into the U.S. from several countries.

Even now, in 2021, the U.S. still has travel bans placed on countries that appear to have a high incidence rate for COVID-19 cases.

Life Became Harder for International Students

Changes to travel restrictions and F and M student visas made it significantly harder for students to either leave the U.S., visit family, or get back into the country after leaving. However, the introduction of online classes by many universities prevented students at most from being deported, instead allowing them to continue their studies from off-campus locations.

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