On August 12, 2020, the Department of State updated guidance for admitting H-1B or L-1 visa holders into the U.S. after President Trump’s travel ban.
H-1B and L-1 visas can now be issued to employees who are “seeking to resume ongoing employment in the United States in the same position with the same employer and visa classification,” better known as an H-1B or L-1 extension.
The Department of State would issue an H or L visa if you filed an I-129 petition to request “continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer,” as Consulates reopen.
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Additionally, H-1B visas may now be issued when at least two of the following criteria have been met:
There are also new factors allowing L-1 visas to be issued when all three of the following criteria are met:
Travelers who believe their travel falls into one of these categories or is otherwise in the national interest may request a visa application appointment at the closest Embassy or Consulate and a decision will be made at the time of interview as to whether the traveler has established that they are eligible for a visa under an exception. Travelers are encouraged to refer to the Embassy/Consulate website for detailed instructions on what services are currently available and how to request an appointment.
Applicants for immigrant visas covered by Presidential Proclamation 10014, as extended by P.P.10052, including Diversity Visa 2020 (DV-2020) applicants, who have not been issued an immigrant visa as of April 23, are subject to the proclamation’s restrictions unless they can establish that they are eligible for an exception. No valid visas will be revoked under this proclamation.
Read the full proclamation here.
About the author: Jon Velie has practiced Immigration law since 1993. He is CEO of OnlineVisas.com., the intelligent Immigration platform. Jon is an Amazon number one best-selling author of H1B Visa: Application & Approval, is regularly covered by major media and has won a number of international awards. Jon can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-310-4333 office or 405-821-5959 mobile.