President Joe Biden has frozen for 60 days last-minute rules from the Trump administration that would allow only higher-wage foreign workers to be employed in the U.S.

Under a final rule issued Jan. 8 by the Homeland Security Department, only the highest-paid applicants to the H-1B visa program — which allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations — would be selected. Currently, foreign workers are randomly selected through the annual H-1B visa lottery. The new rule was scheduled to go into effect March 9.

Another rule issued Jan. 14 by the Labor Department would significantly increase H-1B holders’ minimum wages. U.S. employers seeking H-1B workers would be required to attest that they would pay H-1B holders higher wages than other employees with similar experience and qualifications. That rule is scheduled to take effect March 15.

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