Trump Issues Executive Order Suspending H-1B, H-2B, L-1, L-2, and J Visas

Jon Velie Visa Immigration Attorney

On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” The proclamation will bar certain foreign workers from entering the United States beginning on June 24, 2020 and is set to expire on December 31, 2020 (with a possibility of renewal). Pursuant to the order, individuals will not be able to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad.

Jon’s tips on the Trump Executive Order on Immigration

The Executive Order will impact individuals outside of the United States without a valid nonimmigrant visa in the categories mentioned below.

Non-immigrant Visas Affected by the Suspension

  • H-1B, H-4, and H-2B visas
  • L-1 and L-2 visas
  • J visas “to the extent the person is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any person accompanying or following to join such person.”

Scope of the Suspension

The suspension of entry will only apply to those who:

  • are outside of the United States when the proclamation goes into effect;
  • do not have a valid nonimmigrant visa on the effective date; and
  • do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advanced parole document) that is valid on the effective date of the proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits them to travel to the United States.

Who is Exempt

The suspension on entry 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 I.N.A. (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;
  • any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.

Visa holders currently inside the United States will not be affected and will remain eligible to file for the change of status, transfer, or extension (where applicable).

The Executive Order also extends the April 2020 suspension of entry for those applying for an immigrant visa (green card) at a U.S. consulate abroad.

About the Author Jon Velie

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 jon@onlinevisas.com or 405-310-4333 office or 405-821-5959 mobile.

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Stephen moffett says June 23, 2020

When are they going to look at e2 visas.? Nothing on the USA websites. No one knows. Nightmare

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    Elizabeth Rudolph says June 25, 2020

    Stephen,

    E-2 Visas are still open to process in or out of the US, as long as the consulate is open.Thank you for contacting our firm with your question.

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Andrew Russell says June 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing such an important blog on the suspending of different USA visas. An helpful blog for those who were looking to apply for an nonimmigrant visa at USA.

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