travel ban and temporary suspension of premium processing for H1B visas in the US

I’m lucky. I’m a foreigner working in US higher education, and I’m not affected by the travel ban. However, I’ll be affected by the temporary suspension of the premium processing for H1B visas. My current H1B visa expires this summer, and without the premium processing I’ll not be able to get the visa extension on time to be able to travel. It is not only important conferences outside of the US that I’ll be missing. I need to go visit my family. I feel selfish complaining, for I’m lucky I happen to be from a country that is not in the banned list. But I also feel worried and stressed about how this new order is affecting my career and my personal life.

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