President Trump has extended the immigration ban to include certain non-immigrant visa categories. This includes temporary restrictions on H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visas, as well as their spouses and dependents, from 12:01 am EST on June 24, through December 31, 2020, with limited exceptions.
This proclamation also immediately extends an existing ban on certain immigrant entries through the end of this year, which went into effect on April 23, 2020. To read here about the proclamation regarding immigrant entries.
Who is subject to the Non-Immigrant ban?
- H-1B and H-2B non-immigrants;
- L-1A executives and managers;
- L-1B specialized knowledge workers;
- J-1 interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and Summer Work Travel participants; and
- Their dependent spouses and children.
Who is Exempt?
- Foreign nationals currently in the United States at 12:01 am EST on June 24, 2020. This includes individuals who are awaiting a change of status (COS) under the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B cap;
- Foreign nationals holding a valid visa, advance parole or other U.S. travel document on June 24, even if they outside of the U.S.;
- U.S. lawful permanent residents;
- The spouse or child of a U.S. citizen;
- J-1 exchange program participants other than interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and summer work travel participants; and
- Foreign nationals entering to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain.
Forthcoming regulations which will restrict Non-immigrant programs
The proclamation orders the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to develop regulations to ensure that H-1B non-immigrants and EB-2 and EB-3 immigrants do not disadvantage U.S. workers.
Murray Osorio is closely monitoring the implementation of the presidential proclamation and will provide updates as the Administration issues guidance.