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Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Foreign Nationals on H-1B, H-2B, L and J Visas

By: David W. Leopold

About: Immigration

June 23, 2020 – On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation that suspends the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States. This Proclamation also extends, effective immediately, Presidential Proclamation 10014 issued on April 22, 2020, which suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States.

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The nonimmigrant visa Proclamation suspends the issuance of visas for those seeking entry pursuant to a(n):

Note: The Proclamation does not apply to B1/B2, TN, O-1 or E1/E2 visas.

The Proclamation will only apply to an individual identified above if they:

Note: As drafted the Proclamation does not apply to anyone inside the U.S. on June 24, 2020, or in possession of any valid nonimmigrant visa. This appears to create an exemption for individuals in possession of any valid nonimmigrant visa as of the effective date of the Proclamation. The Ulmer Immigration Group is closely monitoring the interpretation of this language.

Exemptions: The Proclamation will not apply to the following individuals:

For the purposes of determining who is covered under the “national interest” exemption, the Proclamation directs the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to determine standards for those to whom such an exemption would be available, including any individuals who

Note: there is no categorical exemption for physicians or other healthcare workers. However, the “provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized” as noted above would include many healthcare professionals.

Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group is closely monitoring these developments and is prepared to support you and your organization with your business needs. Please reach out to our immigration attorneys if you have any questions.

The details above were sourced from a summary distributed on June 22, 2020, by the American Immigration Counsel and American Immigration Lawyers Association. The information provided in this client alert speaks only to the information and guidance we have available as of the date of publication and is subject to change. We will continue to follow further issued guidance and regulations and endeavor to post those updates via our website. Please continue to follow these updates at This legal update was created by Ulmer & Berne LLP, and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. Receipt of this client alert, by itself, does not create an attorney client relationship. For any questions, or for further information, please contact David W. Leopold at