Update: Exceptions to the H-1/L-1 Visa Travel Ban

The Department of State updated its guidance regarding who is exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10052, commonly referred to as the H-1B or L-1 Travel Ban.

National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052) Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Presenting a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Based on the update, H-1B and L-1 visas can now be issued for employees who are “seeking to resume ongoing employment in the United States in the same position with the same employer and visa classification.” Meaning that, if your I-129 petition was filed to request “b. Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer”, solely an H-1B or L-1 extension, then the Department of State will be able to issue an H or L visa to you as consulates are able to reopen.

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