seems certain that the President will be sued and so any information contained
here is subject to the outcome of the lawsuits.
ban effects many types of employment-based immigration, such as:
Cards (Immigrant visas) Consular Processing.
Consular Processing green cards continue to be banned, as they have been since
April. There are a few exceptions:
Residents of the US;
workers and their immediate family members (including those family members
traveling with the healthcare worker and those family members coming to the US
at a later date);
individuals coming to the US to perform work essential to combating, recovering
from, or alleviating the effects of Covid-19 and their immediate family members
(including those family members traveling with the healthcare worker and those
family members coming to the US at a later date).
and children of US Citizens;
who are entering to assist law enforcement or who are members of the US Armed
Immigrants in the SI or SQ Class and their family members; and
person whose entry is in the national interest of the US as determine by the
Secretary of State or Secretary of Homeland Security.
Cards (Immigrant visas) Adjustment of Status
effect whatsoever. Many Adjustment of
Status interviews, of course, have been delayed because of COVID-19, although
we have seen that the USCIS is approving some employment based green cards
without an actual visa interview.
L-1, J-1, and H-2B visas
approved for H-1B and L-1s will not be allowed to enter the US unless they
currently have a valid visa stamp, even if they have an approved I-797.
and L-1 visa stamps cannot be granted at embassies or consulates unless the
H-1B or L-1 is for one of the exemption categories below.
you have an H-1B or L-1 approval and you are in the US, you should not travel
outside the US unless you already have a valid H-1B visa stamp in your passport
and you intend to return to the US prior to the expiration of that visa stamp.
and L-1 amendments, extensions, and transfers continue to be permissible.
cap petitions that are based on a change of status (e.g. F-1 to H-1B) should be
approved with a new I-94 card for the H-1B status. The ban does not prohibit or effect the
change of status, however, individuals changing status to H-1B should not leave
the US after October 1 as they will not be able to return without a valid H-1B
prohibitions apply to J-1 and H-2B visas, although the J-1 visa ban is limited
to interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and summer work
programs. Other J-1s may obtain visas
and enter the US.
ban also applies to the H-4, L-2, J-2 dependent classifications. Spouses and children in the US as dependents
should not travel abroad unless each family member has a valid visa stamp in their
passport. Dependents who are currently
abroad will not be allowed to enter the US unless they currently have a valid
to the H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B nonimmigrant visa ban
visa ban does not apply to:
lawful permanent resident of the United States;
alien who is the spouse or child of a United States citizen;
alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services
essential to the United States food supply chain; and
alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the
Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Interest Entry Requests
Proclamation allows for exemptions to the nonimmigrant visa ban if the Beneficiary
is one of several categories deemed by DOS or DHS to be “in the national
interest”. It is expected that the DOS and
DHS will issue details about these exemptions and the process to request an
exemption. The Proclamation’s named
categories include those who:
critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of
the United States;
involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted
COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized;
involved with the provision of medical research at United States facilities to
help the United States combat COVID-19;
necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the
United States; or
- are children who
would age out of eligibility for a visa as a result of the visa ban.