On June 22nd, President Trump announced an expansion of his Executive Order on immigration from April 22nd that extends the suspension of green cards to new immigrants abroad, and will also halt the entry of temporary work visas in the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1, L-2 and J categories through the end of the year.
What does the expansion include?
The suspension of new, non-immigrant visas in the following categories:
- H-1B (Specialty occupation workers)
- H-4 (Spouses and children of H-1B visa holders)
- H-2B (Temporary, non-agricultural workers)
- L-1 (Intracompany transferees)
- L-2 (Spouses and children of L-1 visa holders)
- J-1 (Cultural and educational exchange interns and trainees)
- J-2 (Spouses and children of J-1 visa holders)
- Green Cards issued abroad
This does not immediately affect those inside the U.S. on any of the aforementioned visa types. If you or your employees’ visa status expires in 2020, extensions can still be filed through USCIS (more info on that process here).
This only affects H-1B, H-2B, L and J visa holders outside of the US that do not have a valid visa stamp.
When is the order effective?
12:01AM eastern daylight time on June 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020
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