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Immigration update : Suspension of certain visas and immigration


Current administration has suspended entry of certain immigrants and foreign workers through end of 2020.

On June 22, 2020 POTUS signed an executive order suspending entry of certain immigrants and foreign workers through end of 2020 citing COVID. It went into effect on June 24, 2020. It extends the executive order issued on April 22, 2020.

The order suspends the issuance of visas for those seeking entry with :

  • H-1B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;

  • H-2B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;

  • J visa, to the extent the foreign national is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; and

  • L visa, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them.

The order will only apply to an individual identified above if they are :

  • Outside the United States on the effective date of the Proclamation;

  • Do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of the Proclamation; and do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document), valid on the effective date of the Proclamation or issued thereafter permitting the individual to be admitted to the United States.

The order will not apply to the following individuals :


A) Lawful permanent residents

  • spouse or child of a U.S. citizen;

  • any individual seeking entry to provide temporary labor essential to the U.S. food supply chain

  • any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.

  • asylum seekers


B) Individuals covered under the “national interest” exemption

  • Critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States;

  • Professionals providing medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized

  • Professionals & researchers at U.S. facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19

  • Individuals necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States

  • Children who would age out of eligibility for a visa because of this order or the prior April 22, 2020 order # 10014

If you have questions & concerns about this order, contact our office today.

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