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The H-1B visa ban would largely affect high-skilled foreign workers from India and China, mainly employed in technology and other STEM sectors.

Indians constituted 72% of the nearly 388,000 H-1B visa petitions that were approved in fiscal year 2019, while Chinese applicants accounted for 13%.

Last year, Google and Amazon benefited from around 9,000 H-1B visas each, Business Insider reported.

The countries with the longest waitlist for family-based immigration visas are China, India, Philippines and Mexico, McKibben says.

They exist to fill legitimate shortages in labor or to hire people with exceptional skills which can’t be replicated,” says Ira Mehlman, media director at the Federation For American American Immigration Reform, an organization that seeks to reduce overall immigration.

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