What's New in the World of Immigration?

01/01/2021 - Trump Extends Nonimmigrant Entry Ban for H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1s to 03/31/2021

President Trump has extended the ban on entry in H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 statuses, including dependents, and the ban on certain immigrant entries, through March 31, 2021. The bans were set to expire on December 31, 2020.

Foreign nationals are still exempt from the nonimmigrant proclamation if they were in the United States on June 24, 2020; or held a valid visa in one of the restricted categories on June 24 pursuant to which they seek entry to the United States; or hold a valid advance parole or other U.S. travel document (other than a nonimmigrant visa) pursuant to which they seek U.S. entry.

Foreign nationals may still qualify for national interest exceptions from the bans according to State Department criteria.

President-elect Joseph Biden is expected to review this and other presidential immigration orders after he takes office on January 20.