Yesterday evening, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order regarding immigration into the U.S. by temporary workers. This Executive Order is an extension of the order issued on April 22, 2020, which expired at 11:59pm last night.
The new Executive Order will go into effect June 24, 2020 at 12:01 am EST and will be in effect until January 1, 2021 and may be extended as necessary. See Managing Partner, Murali Bashyam’s Facebook Live from this morning where he discussed the executive order.
See also AILA’s Summary of Presidential Proclamation
A Guide on the Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Non-immigrants [FAQs]
Affected By The Executive Order
Those who are affected by the Executive Order include anyone outside the U.S. who has not yet obtained a valid L-1, H-1B, H-2B or J visa on and after June 24, 2020. The suspension and limitation on entry to the U.S. also applies to accompanying dependent family members of L-1, H-1B, H-2B or J visa holders (H-4, L-2, and J-2).
Not Affected By The Executive Order
Those who are not affected by the Executive Order include: anyone who has obtained a valid L-1, H-1B, H-2B or J visa and is presently in the U.S. or who has obtained a valid L-1, H-1B, H-2B or J visa and has already activated their status but is presently outside the U.S.
Anyone applying to extend their visa status from within the U.S.
Anyone who has B-1, B-2, F-1 OPT, E, O, or TN visa status.
Anyone who is applying for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status (a Green Card) and is presently in the U.S., Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. (Green Card holders).
Non-U.S. citizen spouses and children of U.S. citizens.
Anyone seeking to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain.
Anyone whose entry is determined to be in the U.S. national interest.
Who Should Not Travel Outside of the U.S.
We will continue to provide updates as they are available. If you have any questions about how this could affect you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact our office.