Several Work Visas Suspended, Jun 22. 2020 & More Details From the Executive Order on Work Visas, Jun 23. 2020

Gerald LeMelle

By Gerald LeMelle

LeMelle is a partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Tysons Corner Office.

[UPDATE Jun. 23. 2020, Tysons Corner] While several details are yet to be determined or clarified, a look at the Executive Order on immigration announced by the White House yesterday contains some extremely important directives that immigrations clients must keep in mind.

Key points from the Executive Order:

  • The Executive Order will be effective starting June 24, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
  • Does in fact restrict the entry of H1B and L1 visa holders among others.
  • Interestingly it appears to allow those with already approved Visas to still enter from abroad.
  • Those in the U.S. in H1B and L1 status will not be impacted.
  • H1B, H2B, L1, as well as most J1 visas, will not be issued by consulates until further notice.
  • Spouses and children also impacted.
  • Petitions filed with USCIS are not impacted.
  • If you are outside the country but already hold a valid H, J or L visa, you will not be impacted.
  • O and P visas not impacted.
  • TN applications under NAFTA are not impacted.
  • If you depart the country, you will not be able to return.

If you believe you are impacted or have questions about the impact of the Executive Order, please call us at 703-777-7319 or email to schedule a consultation.

[Jun. 22, 2020, Tysons Corner] Senior administration officials announced that President Trump will suspend a number of temporary work visas, including the H-1B specialty occupation visa, through the end of 2020 in response to high U.S. unemployment.

The officials said that H-1B visas for highly skilled workers,  H-2B guest-worker visas, J trainee visas, and L intracompany transferee visas will be targeted in the restrictions, which they said would free up 525,000 jobs for Americans.

According to the officials, the order will only affect those outside the U.S. Details will be sorted out over the next few days, but this could mean that the October 1st start date for H1-b workers who are not currently in the U.S. will be postponed until 2021.

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