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What You Should Know About President Trump’s Travel Ban, Suspending Temporary Work Visas
Nelson A. Madrid, a partner in our immigration department, discusses who is affected by President Trump’s presidential proclamation that temporarily suspended new work visas and prohibited hundreds of thousands of foreigners from seeking employment in the United States for today’s edition of LIVE with PPID.
On June 22nd, 2020, President Trump extended his original travel ban. The ban will be in effect now through December 31st 2020, and can be continued beyond this time. The president claims that the travel ban was extended in an effort to protect American jobs due to the economic impact of COVID-19. Specifically, this ban applies to the following:
An H-1B visa covers individuals who work in specialty occupations such as biologists, chemists, civil engineers, software engineers, teachers and economists.
An H-2B visa applies to temporary non-agricultural workers. Examples include landscapers, housekeepers, and construction workers.
J-1 Visas or Exchange Visitor Visas
A J-1 visa applies to trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and summer work travel program.
An L-1 visa is a temporary intracompany transferee who works in a managerial position or has specialized knowledge.
Family-Based Preference Categories
Unmarried sons and daughters of United States citizens;
Spouses, children (unmarried sons and daughters) of permanent residents;
Children 21 years of age or older of permanent residents;
Married sons and daughters of the United States citizens;
Brothers and sisters of United States citizens.
The travel ban also applies to anyone who is outside of the United States on the effective date of the Proclamation and:
Does not have a non-immigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of the proclamation; and
Does not have an official travel document other than a visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation, or Issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admissions.
The ban DOES NOT apply to:
Any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
Any non citizen who is the spouse or minor child (under the age of 21) of a United States citizen;
Any non citizen seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supplies; and
Any non citizen whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State or Secretary of Homeland Security.
To view or download our FREE informational handout about the extended travel ban, please click the link below:
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