New Executive Order - Stay Informed!
June 24, 2020 at 9:00 PM
by Erin K. WIlliams, Esq.
Our Nation’s Capital

This suspends the entry of foreign nationals to the United States on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas. It takes effect TODAY June 24, 2020 at 12:01 AM ET and remains in effect through December 31, 2020. It may be continued or modified. Additionally, this Proclamation also immediately extends the earlier Presidential Proclamation 10014 issued on April 22, 2020 which suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States.

The Proclamation will only apply to an individual identified if they are: 

  • Outside the United States on the effective date (June 24, 2020) of the Proclamation; 
  • Do not have a valid nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date (June 24, 2020) of the Proclamation; and 
  • Do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document), valid on the effective date of the Proclamation or issued thereafter permitting the individual to be admitted to the United States. 

The issuance of the following visas are suspended for those seeking entry pursuant to a(n): 

  • H-1B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join; 
  • H-2B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join; 
  • J visa, to the extent the foreign national is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; and 
  • L visa, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join. 

This does NOT apply to the following individuals: 

  • lawful permanent residents; 
  • spouse or child of a U.S. citizen; 
  • any individual seeking entry to provide temporary labor essential to the U.S. food supply chain; 
  • any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees. 

Consular officers have discretion to determine if an individual is within one of the exempted categories. 

To view the full proclamation go to:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/

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