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Trump's Immigration Proclamation

This notice is in regard to the new Presidential Proclamation concerning H, L, and J visas.


On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation which suspends the issuance of H1B, H4, L1, L2, J1, and J2 nonimmigrant visas until December 31, 2020. The proclamation only applies to an individual who is outside the US on the effective date of the proclamation AND who does not have a currently valid visa on the effective date of the Proclamation. The only exceptions are for lawful permanent residents, spouses or children of US citizens, or for individuals whose entry is in the national interest. There will be a review of this Proclamation within 30 days, and every 60 days thereafter.

This Proclamation has NO effect on petitions requesting extensions, transfers, change of status, amendments, etc. for individuals inside the United States. This has no impact on individuals obtaining F1 or F2 nonimmigrant visas. This also has no impact on the PERM/I140 process. If an individual is currently abroad, but has a valid visa, they will be allowed to enter the US using the existing visa.

In summary, this Proclamation affects only people who are currently outside the United States, without a valid H, L, or J visa in their passport.  The Proclamation effectively halts visa stamping for H, L, and J visas.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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