NewsFlash! Trump Signing Executive Order Restricting Work Visas, Including H1B and L

UPDATE: 22 Jun 2020 at 6:27 p.m.

The text of President Trump’s executive order has now been released. Per the order, the following new restrictions are being implemented:

  • The executive order applies to foreign nationals who seek to enter the United States in H1B, H-4, H2B, L-1, or L-2 status.
  • The order also applies to those requesting admission in J status “…who are participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any alien accompanying or following to join such alien.”
  • The executive order does NOT apply to anyone who is in the United States as of the effective date of the order, which is 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020.
  • The order does NOT apply to anyone who has a valid nonimmigrant visa as of the effective date.
  • The order does NOT apply to anyone who has “…an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) 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 admission.”
  • The order does NOT apply to “…any alien seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain.”
  • The order does NOT apply to “…any alien whose entry would be in the national interest….”
  • This executive order is scheduled to remain in place through December 31, 2020, and may be extended beyond that date.


Original post 22 Jun 2020 at 5:05 p.m.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that will apparently restrict the issuance of new visas in various nonimmigrant categories, including H1B, L-1, and H2B, for the rest of the calendar year. According to the White House, this is being done to protect U.S. workers, following the massive job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of the time of this writing, the text of the executive order is not yet available. Therefore, it is difficult to determine precisely what will be restricted by the executive order. As soon as the text is released, a more detailed analysis will be posted on MurthyDotCom.


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