On December 31, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation extending earlier proclamations suspending the entry of certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants through March 31, 2021, and stating that the proclamation “may be continued as necessary.” The nonimmigrant suspension applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.
The President also extended a memorandum on visa sanctions, to “continue in force until terminated by the President.” The memo states that “countries that deny or unreasonably delay the acceptance of their citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents from the United States during the ongoing pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 [the COVID-19 pandemic] create unacceptable public health risks for Americans.” The earlier memo on which it is based states that “visa sanctions” will be imposed on such countries.
- Presidential Proclamation, Dec. 31, 2020
- “Extension of Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052,” Department of State, Jan. 1, 2021
- Presidential Proclamation 10052, June 22, 2020
- Presidential Proclamation 10014, April 22, 2020
- “Memorandum on Extension of Memorandum on Visa Sanctions,” Dec. 30, 2020, White House
- “Memorandum on Visa Sanctions,” April 10, 2020