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The ban imposed on the issue of H-1B visas by the US in June last year has ended after the order expired on Wednesday.

A statement issued by the US State Department on 1 April said that the presidential proclamation which temporarily stopped people holding some visas for non-immigrants from entering the US had ended on 31 March.

The ban was put in place by former president Donald Trump through an executive order on 22 June 2020. The stopping of new H-1B visas, which are predominantly used by foreign technology industry workers, was slammed by the IT industry at the time.

The other suspended work visa was the H-4, which is used by the spouses of some people on H-1B visas, the H-2B for low-skilled workers, some J visas for cultural and education workers and the L-1 visa that allows intra-company transfers.

The State Department statement said: "Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritised and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance.

"Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may re-apply by submitting a new application including a new fee.

"The resumption of routine visa services, prioritised after services to US citizens, is occurring on a post-by-post basis, consistent with the Department’s guidance for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities."

About 85,000 people enter the US on H-1B visas each year to work in the country. Many of them are Indians who mostly work in the technology industry.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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