The Trump administration was blocked Thursday from restricting H-1B visas on which highly skilled foreign technology workers rely to work in the U.S., in a ruling that conflicts with a pair of decisions in September in similar cases.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White in Oakland, California, agreed with several big U.S. business groups, which argued President Donald Trump had exceeded his authority by imposing the immigration restrictions.

The order, at odds with the conclusion reached by a federal judge in Washington, means the fight will likely move to an appeals court.