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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain H, J, and L Nonimmigrants

On June 22, President Trump issued Proclamation 10052 titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak, imposing further restrictions on people who plan to enter the U.S.

The proclamation impacts any alien seeking to enter the U.S. in H-1B, H-2B, J (see footnote 1) or L status, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien (e.g. H4, etc.), who, as of June 24, is outside the U.S. without a valid visa, and does not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date (June 24) of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.

This proclamation does not impact any lawful permanent resident of the United State and any alien who is the spouse or child of a United States citizen.

Below is the USCIS Statement on Presidential Proclamation, further explaining this proclamation.

“Monday’s presidential proclamation [Proclamation 10052] temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. This does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas. The proclamation also does not prevent individuals in possession of valid visas prior to the effective date of the proclamation from entering or re-entering the country, if they have been abroad, provided they have not otherwise rendered themselves inadmissible.

The U.S. will continue to honor these already valid visas as we help American workers get back on their feet.” – USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow

Footnote 1: J -- to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program


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