June 23, 2020
This is an update to our previous post found here regarding the Presidential Proclamation limiting Immigrant Visa applicants to the U.S. which has now been extended and includes H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 Nonimmigrants. The continuation of the original Proclamation impacting immigrant visa applicants is effective immediately. The suspension of the entry of certain nonimmigrants, detailed below, takes effect on June 24, 2020, at 12:01 am EST. The proclamation is set to expire on December 31, 2020, but may be continued at the discretion of the President under advisement from the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Labor.
The Proclamation found here suspends the issuance of visas for those seeking entry to the U.S. for the following nonimmigrant visa categories:
The Proclamation will only apply to an individual identified above if they are:
The Proclamation will not apply to the following individuals:
We anticipate there will be more guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security as well as Department of State following this order and certainly we will update this posting accordingly. Importantly, an H-1B, H-2B J-1 or L-1 visa holder who is exempt from this order is still subject to the ongoing 14 day bar when seeking to return to the U.S. from Europe, China, Brazil, or Iran.
Given the complexity of this situation, we strongly recommend that any client in H-1B, H-2B, J-1 or L-1 status contact their attorney before making any plans to travel out of the U.S.
We recognize that this is an extremely stressful time for our clients and immigrants in general and will be happy to consult with you if you are not currently a client and have questions as to how this order may impact you. Please call our office at 215-925-0705 or schedule a consultation online here.
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