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Presidential proclamation expands suspension of visa issuance abroad

On June 22, 2020 President Trump signed a proclamation expanding the scope of suspended entry and visa issuance to foreign nationals outside the United States. This proclamation extends the April 22, 2020 suspension of new immigrant visas through December 31, 2020, and suspends issuance of H1B, H2B, J visas and L visas through December 31, 2020.

The expanded suspension and limitation on entry applies only to individuals who are outside the United States on June 22, 2020, and do not have a non-immigrant visa that is valid as of June 22, 2020, or do not have an alternative travel document, such advance parole, transportation foil, or boarding foil. In addition the proclamation provides exceptions for lawful permanent residents of the United States, any person who is the spouse or child of a United States citizen, any foreign national coming to the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential the U.S. food supply chain, and any one whose entry would be in the national interest of the United States.

This order does not apply to individuals in the United States, including those pending a change of status to H1B or L visa. United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) remains open and continues to process filed petitions. On June 4, 2020 USCIS resumed face-to-face services to the public and is in the process of rescheduling appointments due to the temporary office closure.

Brown Immigration Law recommends that individuals and employers continue to move forward with their immigration processes to reduce the risk that these matters are subject to backlogs that may occur. The executive order is temporary, and many visa applications take significant preparation before a visa can be issued. Because the situation continues to remain fluid and the Executive Order indicates that further review will take place in 30 days, and then every 60 days thereafter, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. Should you have specific questions about your case or how the Executive Order may impact a matter, please feel free to contact our office. Click to schedule a consultation with Brown Immigration Law