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Immigration & Compliance Law 
New exceptions to visa suspensions

On June 20, 2020, the president  issued a proclamation that suspends the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas (H, L, J) into the United States effective through 12/31/2020. 

On July 16, 2020, the Department of State announced some exceptions to the earlier proclamations, specifically:
  • Spouses and children of H, J, and L visa holders who are already excepted from the proclamation.  That is, U.S. Consulates will continue to issue H-4, L-2, and J-2 visas to dependent family members where the principal applicant (H-1, L-1, J-1) either already has a valid visa stamp or is currently in the U.S. maintaining valid H, L or J status.
  • Applicants who will "age out" (turn 21) of their current immigrant visa classification before the relevant proclamations expire or within two weeks thereafter.
  • Certain H and J visa applicants who are traveling to work in support of a critical U.S. foreign policy objective (such as COVID-19 response) and/or traveling at the request of the U.S. government.

This immigration alert is being sent only to company representatives.  Please share with your foreign national employees.

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC