How to Win H1B Visas after the Trump Ban

On June 22, 2020, President Trump gave a proclamation that appeared effectively to stop all H-1B, H-2B, L-1, L-2, and J visas for the remainder of the year.

Titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”, the announcement has predictably sent shock waves through the U.S. business community. Certain sectors, such as information technology, have relied heavily on the H-1B for years.

The question everyone wants to know is, "Can we still hire the skilled personnel we need?" The answer is a qualified "Yes".

  • It is still possible to get H-1B visa petitions approved, in certain circumstances.
  • If the H-1B is not an option, there are some viable alternatives.
  • In addition, certain concessions announced to help the United States deal with the coronavirus pandemic have actually created new opportunities.

However, we must stress that the immigration landscape in mid-2020 is very different to any previous period, and it is absolutely vital that companies understand the new rules before proceeding with any new hiring activity.

How we can help


Here are several free resources to help you find out everything you need to know about your current options.


#1. Overview Video with Jon Velie

Jon also recorded this previous video (June 29, 58 minutes long) in which he breaks down the choices available today to individuals seeking one of the "banned" visa types, and the U.S. companies who wish to employ skilled personnel.

#2. In-depth "H-1B Secrets" Webinar

Jon Velie recently presented an exclusive hour-long webinar for OnlineVisas clients and associates. You can get access to the recording of the webinar by clicking here (requires signup).

#3. H-1B Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions relating to specific visas, here Jon answers a range of common questions in this series of short videos.

Can I adjust status from a visa to a green card after the ban?

Does the Trump ban apply to extensions, amendments, & change of status?

Can I enter the US if my H1B, H2B, L1, or J1 visa is approved but not yet stamped by the Consulate?

Can I enter the US if I am out of the country now, but my visa has been stamped into my passport?

Does the Trump Immigration Ban impact the H-1B lottery for those selected for 2020?

If I am on an ESTA visa waiver, can I change to or enter the US on an H-1B, H-2B, L-1, or J-1 visa?

What are the visas I can still enter the U.S. with after the ban?

Can I change from a visitor visa to an H-1B, H-2B, L-1 or J-1 visa?

Can I change from H-4 to an H-1B after the immigration ban?

How long is Trump's Immigration Ban going to last?

My spouse is an H-1B visa holder, can I enter the U.S. on an H-4 visa after the ban?

#4. Speak to OnlineVisas

We will be very happy to schedule a no-obligation visa strategy session with Jon or one of his team of attorneys to discuss your immigration options.

If you have a previous H-1B application, an RFE (Request for Evidence), or even a denial, we invite you to send it to us to discuss in your strategy session.