The president signed a new executive order on June 22nd, 2020, entitled, “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”, adding new restrictions for nonimmigrant workers who “pose a risk of displacing and disadvantaging United States workers during the coronavirus recovery,” including H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant workers.
The administration did so in hopes to address American economic recovery needs and high unemployment rates due to the pandemic.
This executive order states that the entry of these nonimmigrants “presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.”
The order is applicable starting on June 24th, 2020 and will last until December 31st, 2020, suspending the entry of some immigrant and nonimmigrant aliens.
Aliens who will be suspended from entering the United States:
* H-1B or H-2B visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join this alien;
* J visa, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien; and
* L visa, and any alien accompanying or following to join this alien.
* Aliens outside the U.S. on June 24th who do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid;
* Aliens who do not have an official travel document other than a visa that is valid that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.
If any of these conditions do not apply, the proclamation does not impact you.
The order does NOT impact:
* any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
* any alien who is the spouse or child of a United States citizen;
* any alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and
* any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security.
EB-1 and EB-2 visas remain unaffected, and we will continue to monitor this evolving issue for additional support.
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