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President Trump's 06/22/2020 Immigration Proclamation

1. What does President Trump’s recent Executive Order do?

On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the entry of certain foreign nationals into the United States through December 31, 2020. The Proclamation also extended President Trump's previous Proclamation, dated April 23, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

2. How is the United States job market protected by this Executive Order?

President Trump is trying to limit competition for available jobs by giving priority to United States Citizens and Green Card holders.

3. Who is affected by the order?

The order applies to immigrants who are currently outside the United States and who have not received a valid immigrant visa as of June 22, 2020.

4. Which immigrant visa categories are affected?

The Executive Order extends the suspension of entry to immigrants seeking green cards for work; the parents, siblings, and adult children of United States citizens; and the spouses and children of Green Card holders.

The proclamation also prevents the entry of applicants in the following categories:

  • H1-B and H-2B
  • L1-A executives and managers
  • L1-B specialized knowledge workers
  • J-1 interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and Summer Work Travel participants
  • Spouses and dependents in all of the above categories

5. Does the order apply to immigrants seeking adjustment of status within the United States?

No. There is no restriction to any immigrant currently in the United States from seeking adjustment of status.

6. Are current Green Card holders affected by the Executive Order?

No. The Executive Order does not apply to current Green Card holders. Current Green Card holders that have traveled abroad and are currently outside the United States will be allowed to return.

7. Are B-1/B-2 (tourist visa) applications affected in any way?


8. Is ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) affected in any way?


9. Are F-1 (student visa) applications affected in any way?


10. Is Optional Practical Training (OPT) affected in any way?­­­­­­­­­­


11. What is going to happen next?

The Proclamation instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) to review existing regulations for H-1B, EB-2, and EB-3 applicants and ensure that entry of such applicants into the United States does not disadvantage US workers. Depending on the determination made, additional restrictions on these visa categories may be imposed.

The Proclamation also allows for further extension of these restrictions after December 31, 2020.

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