On May 29, 2020, the president issued a proclamation to block certain Chinese nationals associated with entities in China that implement or support China's "military-civil fusion strategy" from using F or J visas to enter the United States.
The proclamation takes effect on June 1, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. (ET). It will remain in effect until terminated by the president. A specific termination date was not provided.
The Proclamation applies to graduate level and higher students and researchers from the PRC applying for visas or seeking entry into the U.S. who:
- receive funding from or who are currently employed by, study at, or conduct research at or on behalf of; or
- have been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of, an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC's military-civil fusion strategy.
The Proclamation does not apply to individuals from the PRC who are:
- Undergraduate students;
- Lawful permanent residents of the United States;
- The spouse of a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- A foreign national who is studying or conducting research in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC's military-civil fusion strategy, as determined by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the appropriate executive departments and agencies;
- A foreign national whose entry would further United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee; or
- A foreign national whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
: Any foreign national who willfully misrepresents a material fact, seeks to circumvent the
proclamation through fraudulent means, or enters the United States illegally will be deemed a
priority for removal by the Department of Homeland Security.
: The proclamation does not prevent a person from seeking asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, consistent with U.S. law.
: The Secretary of State or his designee has the sole discretion to determine whether a person is subject to or exempt from the Proclamation, pursuant to standards the Secretary
Application to PRC Nationals Currently in the United States in F or J Status:
In addition to those seeking entry through F or J status, the Secretary of State will also consider whether the visas of PRC nationals currently in the United States in F or J status, to which the proclamation would otherwise apply, should be revoked pursuant to INA section 221(i).
Additional Measures to Consider:
Within 60 days of the proclamation taking effect, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security are required, in consultation with the heads of the appropriate agencies, to review nonimmigrant and immigrant programs and make recommendations of any other measures requiring Presidential action that would mitigate the risk posed by the PRC's acquisition of sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property.
The Secretaries shall act within their authority to mitigate the risk posed by the PRC's acquisition of sensitive US technologies and intellectual property.
The proclamation also states that the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security may issue regulations implementing the inadmissibility provisions in section 212(a)(3)(D) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(D).