Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Bans Extended Until 3/31/2021
On April 22, 2020, the White House issued an Executive Order that limited entry into the United States of certain individuals seeking to become legal permanent residents (i.e., green card holders). On June 22, 2020, the White House issued an additional executive order banning the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visas (i.e., preventing those individuals outside of the U.S. who do not have such visas to enter the U.S.). Both of these bans were to expire on December 31, 2020. At 5:42PM on December 31, 2020, the White House announced that both of these bans would be extended until March 31, 2021 because the underlying COVID-19 conditions remain.
As a result, the bans, as well as the existing exceptions remain in effect until March 31, 2021.
While we know that a new administration will be in place as of January 20, 2021, it is unclear what particular immigration policies or orders will be implemented right away. COVID-19 remains an ongoing concern and the Biden-Harris Administration has made it clear that it is their top priority. Clark Lau LLC will continue to monitor the changes and will keep you informed. That said, we do not expect sudden changes and believe that the Biden-Harris Administration values stability and predictability so that you can plan accordingly.
The above information has been provided for educational purposes only. Please contact your Clark Lau LLC attorney to determine if and how the above applies to you.