The world’s top hairdos stylists will have to be on their toes to meet with the president, the country’s top salon owners will face a new federal ban on online sales of their products, and the first black president will have a new title.
For the first time, the National Academy of Hair and Beauty Science, a private association that represents the hair and beauty industry, is calling for the repeal of the so-called H-1B visa program, which lets employers bring in foreign workers for up to 90 days to fill jobs in fields like hair styling and manicure.
The move to repeal the program was first announced by Trump in December.
The program allows employers to hire temporary workers, often for up of two weeks, for certain jobs.
The visas allow employers to use the workers to fill positions they don’t have full-time employees, but many companies say they don.
The academy is pushing to remove the H-2B visa, which allows employers with at least 100 employees to hire foreign workers without having to show proof of a shortage.
It has asked Congress to pass legislation that would make H- 2B visas permanent and eliminate the H1B program altogether.
The president has called the H2B program a “disaster” for Americans, while critics say it is costing jobs.
The Academy of Natural Sciences, a science group, is also pushing for the elimination of the H3B visa that allows employers and schools to hire workers without needing to prove that they are unable to train their employees.
The National Association of Hairdressers and Allied Workers, a union, says it has been contacted by nearly 500 members of the professional and salon communities.
The association’s executive director, Bob Bauder, said the elimination or removal of the visa programs is necessary because of what he calls the current political climate, which is characterized by the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment.
The H-3B program is part of a broader movement by certain employers to take advantage of temporary workers to bring in their own workers to help fill in jobs that are unfilled, he said.
It is important that we preserve the diversity of this country, he added.
“We have to keep the American dream alive.”
The academy and union have been among the strongest advocates for the H visas.
In February, they successfully lobbied the Department of Labor to end the program and to require employers with more than 50 employees to obtain a written waiver before hiring temporary foreign workers.
But the academy and other trade associations say the program has been too restrictive, and some critics say the visas are too easy to abuse.
The U.S. has more than 10 million foreign workers and more than 2.5 million Americans with temporary visas, according to the U.K.-based Migration Policy Institute.
The Trump administration has proposed ending the H visa program and rolling back other visa programs, including the H5-4 visas, which allow employers who have more than 30 employees to bring workers from outside the country to fill a position.
The H-4 visa, for example, allows companies to hire up to 40 temporary workers for a year without having the full-timers need to work for at least two months.
That’s why many employers opt for the shorter-term H2-B visas, allowing workers to work a few months and then bring in a temporary worker for a few weeks.