This week, the Trump administration has relaxed certain restrictions to its temporary suspension of foreign worker visa holders from entering the U.S. The new guidelines allow for many work visa holders and their families who were previously barred from entering the United States to now do so. The suspension of foreign work visas was initially announced in a proclamation on June 22 and was quickly challenged in court. The easing of restrictions in the newest guidance is not likely to end the litigation.
See the update announcement here.
The June proclamation did not affect any work visa holders who were in the country at the time. Non-exempt workers who were outside of the country at the effective date of the proclamation, June 24, are still not permitted to enter the country until the expiration of the guidance, currently set for December 31, 2020. It is unknown if the administration plans to extend this expiration date. The new August 12 proclamation expands the classification of people considered exempt from the ban. Most healthcare workers, healthcare researchers, workers who would benefit the U.S. economy, and workers who are returning to a job they previously held are now permitted to enter the country on a work visa. The biggest change in the updated proclamation is that workers returning to a position can now do so.
Immigration law continues to be in flux and will likely be for the at least the next several months. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth works with foreign nationals seeking work visas and U.S. companies seeking to bolster their workforce. Whether it’s an H-1B visa, L-1 visa, or any other type of work visa, our immigration attorneys can help. We offer free consultations at 888-517-9888. Speak with an immigration expert today!