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Since the April 22, 2020, announcement of Presidential Proclamation 10014, “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak” (85 FR 23441, 4/27/20), we have all been waiting for the other shoe to drop. That proclamation threatened not only the extension of the existing proclamation within 60 days, but also the expansion to nonimmigrant visas. Here’s what we know so far, but this is all still in flux and is subject to change until the Proclamation is issued.

Timing

  • The President may be deciding on the scope and timing of the proclamation as early as June 11, 2020.
  • The proclamation could be issued as soon as June 15, 2020, and will likely be issued by the end of June.
  • The proclamation could be in effect for as long as 90 to 180 days.

Possible Substance

  • Proclamation barring entry to the U.S. for H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 for a temporary period pursuant to INA 212(f) and 215(a).
    • Intent is to impact FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject cases with October 1, 2020, start dates.
    • No consensus on what will happen for L-1s, but there could be an exemption for the L-1A visa category (intracompany transferee executives and managers).
    • Not clear which of the J-1 subcategories would be impacted, but likely to impact the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, camp counselor, intern and trainee programs.
  • Proclamation will announce a temporary ban on the entry of nonimmigrant workers, but will likely NOT announce or describe other substantive policy changes which are expected to follow in regulatory proposals.
  • Proclamation will include exceptions, such as:
    • COVID-19 related exemptions, such as for health care workers
    • Food supply related exemptions
    • For U.S. employers who conduct additional recruitment efforts.

Possible Subsequent Regulations

Potential rulemakings in the works as early as July on H-1B, OPT, and H-4. It is unclear if these will go through the notice and comment process.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to update.

Source: AILA Doc. No. 16112144 | Dated June 9, 2020