Trump administration to allow more than 200 new visas in next three months
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a wide-ranging overhaul of the U.S. visa system to allow thousands more foreign nationals to enter the country.
Trump’s proposal would let people from countries with high levels of terrorism risk from January 1, 2019, while also allowing for up to 100,000 visas annually.
It would also increase the number of refugees admitted from Syria, Somalia and Sudan to 50,000, according to the plan.
Trump’s immigration order also would extend temporary work permits for some employers and expand green cards for spouses and children of U.K. citizens.
The plan is part of a broader effort by Trump to roll back Obama-era rules that had allowed for the issuance of so-called green cards to millions of immigrants who came to the United States before the year 2000.
Trump also wants to expand green card issuance to foreign nationals who had not previously been issued a visa, and he wants to allow employers to temporarily hire unauthorized workers, such as farm workers.
Trump said the new visa program is the first step toward rebuilding the U,S.
economy, and it will give more flexibility to those with long-term residency or family ties.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.