Dear Friends and Clients:
On June 22, 2020, US President Trump issued a proclamation extending his earlier action to place additional temporary limits on the Consular issuance of new visas in the H-1B, L-1, and J Categories, while extending his previous limitation on new Green Cards, issued by Consulates. This latest action was undertaken despite pleas from across the United States, from every industry and field.
While this latest change will cause some serious disruption in many people’s lives, there are many exceptions and visas left completely untouched:
Current visa holders are not affected by the Proclamation. Your current H-1B, L-1, and J visas are still valid.
The Proclamation does not affect “change of status” or “extension of status” Petitions. The Proclamation only limits the issuance of visas by US Consulates. If you remain in the US, you will not be affected.
The Proclamation does not affect O-1 or P Petitions.
The Proclamation may not affect any Canadian Citizen’s visa. The Proclamation is unclear on this, and several other points.
We are studying the Proclamation and will issue a more detailed update later this week. We have been particularly heartened by the outrage expressed by influential corporate leaders - their support at this critical time reflects the broadly-held view that immigration across each of these categories is necessary for the United States’ innovation and success into the future.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to reach out to our office to address your individual situation.
April D. Harris and Kevin M. Dyer
Dyer Harris LLP