President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Monday, June 22 2020, extending a pause on some green cards by earlier proclamation in April 2020, and temporarily placing restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals coming to the U.S. on certain visas.
The proclamation, which will go into effect at 12:01 am ET on June 24, will prevent foreigners from coming to the US through a variety of visa categories, including H-1B and L1 visas.
Below are some of the key elements of the Executive Order:
- The entry into the United States of any alien seeking admission in any one of the following categories is suspended:
- H-1B or H-2B visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien (H-4);
- J visa, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien; and
- L visa, and L-2 dependents of L-1 visa holders;
- This suspension and limitation on entry to US only applies to any alien who:
- Is outside the United States on the effective date of this Executive Order;
- Does not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation; and
- Does not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this Executive Order or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.
- The above suspension and limitation on entry of this Executive Order does not apply to:
- Any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
- Any alien who is the spouse or child, as defined in section 101(b)(1) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)), of a United States citizen;
- Any alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain;
- Foreign nationals whose entry is determined to be in the national interest of the U.S. including those who are: critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security; involved with medical care of individuals who have COVID-19 and are hospitalized; involved with COVID-19 medical research at US institutions; those whose activities will facilitate the economic recovery of the US; children who may age out due to the Proclamation; health care workers and researchers fighting Covid-19.
This Executive Order will expire on December 31, 2020, and may be continued as necessary.
If you need to discuss how this order may affect you and/or your family, or any immigration-related matter, please call us toll free at 877-583-7080 and schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.
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