Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation to further restrict legal immigration. Employers are prevented from bringing new H-1B, H-2B, L-1A, L-1B, and J-1 workers into the United States. Effective June 24, 2020 new temporary visas will be barred through 2020 for foreign workers and their dependents.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Joseph Edlow, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Deputy Director for Policy issued the following statement:
“Monday’s presidential proclamation temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. This does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas. The proclamation also does not prevent individuals in possession of valid visas prior to the effective date of the proclamation from entering or re-entering the country, if they have been abroad, provided they have not otherwise rendered themselves inadmissible.
The U.S. will continue to honor these already valid visas as we help American workers get back on their feet.”