United States — Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak beginning on June 24

Trump’s latest proclamation suspends the entry of H1-B, L-1, J-1, including spouses and dependents from 12:01AM EDT on June 24th until 31st December 2020 with a few exceptions. This ban is not affecting those who are already in possession of a US Visa or are already in the country as of the date of the ban.

In addition to the above, this proclamation extends with immediate effect the Executive Order Suspending Entry of Immigrants That Threaten the Labor Market in the United States already in place since 11:59pm EDT on April 23, 2020 for a period of 60 days.

The proclamation orders the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to develop regulations to ensure the H-1B non-immigrants and EB-2 and EB-3 immigrants do not disadvantage U.S. workers. These regulations could impose more stringent H-1B eligibility criteria and wage obligations, change the way the H-1B quote is allocated to give priority to certain classes of beneficiaries, and toughen labor certification standards for permanent residence in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories

Within 30 days of the effective date of the proclamation and every 60 days thereafter while the proclamation is in effect, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor, recommend any modifications as may be necessary to this ban.

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