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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