Update June 30, 2020

Proclamation to Suspend New Visa Entries in the USA

On 22 June, President Trump issued a proclamation in response to the pandemic's economic impact and in line with the administration's hiring American policies that suspend the entry of new H-1B, L-1, J-1 and H-2B nonimmigrants, and their spouses and children, with limited exceptions. The proclamation also extends the existing suspension of entries of certain immigrants. The proclamation took effect on 24 June and will expire on 31 December 2020. Beyond the restrictions on entries, it also orders the Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations that may make it more difficult for H-1Bs or EB-2 and EB-3 green card categories to be sponsored by an employer.

It is expected to be met with litigation challenges. Industry organizations are aggressively taking action since this was announced. We are monitoring this very closely and will keep you updated on any progress that will be made.

For the full extension of the proclamation 10014 please read here.

For advice from the CDC in the USA please see here.  

Focus points:

• The original travel restrictions still apply regarding proclamation 9984 here.

• The new entry restrictions apply to those who are outside the United States, do not have a valid visa, and do not have another valid travel document as of 24 June.

• The new entry restrictions do not apply to those who hold valid visas, advance parole, or other U.S. travel documents as of 24 June.

• The new entry restriction do not apply to those present in the United States as of 24 June, like those awaiting a change of status.

• The following are exempt from the new entry restrictions: U.S. lawful permanent residents, the spouse and children of a U.S. citizen, those coming to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain, J-1 exchange program participants but for interns, trainees, au pairs, camp counselors, summer work travel and teachers, and those whose entry would be in the national interest. Understand that those who are exempt from the new entry restrictions remain subject to any COVID-19 travel restrictions.

• National interest exemptions would be determined by discretionary government waivers that are likely to be difficult to secure including those necessary for the immediate economic recovery of the United States, those involved in medical care or medical research directly related to the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 and those critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy or national security of the United States. Waiver procedures will be developed by the Department of State in consultation with the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor.

How this impacts Global Mobility:

Due to the current travel restrictions imposed in the original proclamation 9984 into the United States at this time it is not likely this proclamation will have much near-term impact on the relocation of globally mobile workforces to the United States.

However, as U.S. consulates around the world begin to reopen, as some are, the new proclamation will greatly impact employees not present in the United States that employers must relocate or move on assignment. While the proclamation does not impact those on O-1 extraordinary ability visas or those international students on F-1 visas in the United States who might be candidates for Optional Practical Training this will impact a range of employees.The proclamation will impact employees that need a new visa, such as but not limited to: L-1A executives who must transfer from a subsidiary or affiliate abroad to the U.S. company; L-1A managers moving for an executive exchange program between a U.S. office and foreign office to improve performance of the U.S company; H-1B professionals with graduate degrees in architecture and engineering to apply their knowledge and skills to commercial development projects in the United States; or for instance H-1B health care or technology workers for a nonprofit teaching hospital located in the United States and much more.

Do you have any questions?

The Aspire Mobility Team will be pleased to assist with any questions you may have.




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