On June 22, 2020, the President signed an Executive Order that directs the US Embassy/Consular Office to cease issuance of H1B, H-4, H2B, J or L visas for the remainder of 2020. This order will also effectively suspend entry into the US by all foreign nationals (with limited exemptions noted below) who hold one of these visas, including any dependent family members. This will go into effect as of June 24, 2020. This Executive Order will not restrict H1B, H2B, J or L visa employees that are already currently working within the US from continuing in their positions.
The following individuals will be exempt from this proclamation:
- individuals seeking entry to provide temporary labor essential to the US food supply chain;
- individuals whose entry is deemed in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or respective designees.
Those who are deemed within the “national interest” include individuals that:
- are critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States,
- those involved in providing medical treatment or medical research associated with COVID-19,
- those necessary for the immediate and continued economic recovery of the US, or
- children that would age out of eligibility for a visa due to this Executive Order or Proclamation 10014.
Additional regulations and other actions are being considered regarding the allocation of visas and ensuring that the presence of H-1B visa workers in the US is not affecting US worker’s job availability due to the increased unemployment rates in light of COVID-19. The Executive Order instructs the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to create regulations or take other actions necessary to ensure this.
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