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White House Extends Immigration Restrictions to Include H-1B Visas and other Employment-Based Visas Through the End of the Year
Immigration  |  Ryan Marques  |  06.23.2020 10:51 am  |  285  |  A+ | a-

On June 22, 2020, the White House issued an Executive Order (effective June 24, 2020) restricting the entry (until December 31, 2020) to the United States of H-1B, H-2B, J-1 (programs including intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program), L-1A, and L-1B nonimmigrants (and their spouses and under 21 child dependents) who are: 

A. Physically outside the United States beginning June 24, 2020; and 
B. Not in possession of a nonimmigrant visa (in those categories described above) that is valid on June 24, 2020; and
C. Not in possession of 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 June 24, 2020 or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission 

Some exceptions to the Executive Order include

A.  Lawful Permanent Residents 

B. Spouses or children of United States citizens

C. Nonimmigrants providing temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain 

D.  Nonimmigrants essential to the National Interests of the United States 

One other exception may include Canadian citizens since they are visa exempt - however, this provision will be subject to future U.S. Customs and Border Protection interpretation. 

Please note that the April 22, 2020 Executive Order titled “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak" has also been extended until December 31, 2020 as indicated in this most recent Executive Order.  

Please contact the attorneys in the immigration practice group of LEWIS KAPPES at 317-639-1210 or by visiting with any additional questions. We will continue to monitor any changes and announce any updates.

Disclaimer: This article is made available for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.