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Trump Presidential Proclamations Restricting H, L and J Visas and Immigrant visas into the United States Extended to March 31, 2021

On December 31, 2020, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation extending to March 31, 2021 the restrictions on entry of H, L and J nonimmigrants into the United States, and entry of new immigrant visa holders. 

The new Proclamation extended the April 22 and June 22 proclamations until March 31, 2021, and made no changes to those proclamations.  In effect, the new Proclamation simply extended, until March 31, 2021, the restrictions on entry to the U.S. of H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and certain J-1 travelers who were outside the United States, and not in possession of a valid visa or travel document as of the effective date of the original proclamation of June 24, 2020, and of new immigrant visas.  For details, please see our original alert and update on the nonimmigrant visa ban, and our original alert on the immigrant visa ban.

Since the effective date of the original proclamations, the Department of State has provided guidelines regarding exemptions to the travel bans.  For our guidance regarding travel and visa applications, see our travel alert. The Biden administration may rescind some of the Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations that restrict entry into the United States.  Mintz will provide updates if there are any further developments.

Please contact your Mintz immigration attorney with any questions on the impact of this extended travel ban.

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Angel Feng

Special Counsel

Angel Feng is a Mintz Special Counsel whose practice focuses on immigration matters. She counsels corporations and their employees on the processing of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions, including H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, E-3, TN, P-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, PERM, EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3.