On March 31, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10052 expired. PP 10052 prohibited the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, L-1, J-1, H-4, L-2, and J-2 visas for entry to the US at US Embassies and Consulates due to possible economic harm to the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
All consular processed cases falling under the criteria of PP 10052 may now resume processing. Any visa applicant previously refused a visa due to PP 10052 must reapply with a new application and new fee. However, many US embassies are still operating on reduced staff, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we anticipate that there will continue to be delays in obtaining nonimmigrant visa interviews at Embassies and Consulates.
DOS has updated its announcement and FAQs on the phased resumption of visa services following the expiration of Presidential Proclamation 10052.