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06/30/2020 - Summary of June 22 Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

AILA and the American Immigration Council provide a summary of Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspending entry of certain nonimmigrants that took effect on June 24, 2020, at 12:01 am (ET) until at least December 31, 2020, as well as the amendment made to the proclamation on June 30, 2020.


Immigration and Nationality Act sections 212(f) and 215(a) and 3 U.S.C. section 301


The Proclamation takes effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01 AM ET. It will remain in effect through December 31, 2020 and may be continued or modified as necessary.


On June 20, 2020, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspends the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States.

The Proclamation suspends the issuance of visas for those seeking entry pursuant to a(n):

• H-1B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;

• H-2B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;

• J visa, to the extent the foreign national is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; and

• L visa, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them.

The Proclamation will only apply to an individual identified above if they:

• Are outside the United States on the effective date of the Proclamation;

• Do not have a nonimmigrant visa in one of the categories that is now suspended on which they are seeking entry1, that is valid on the effective date of the Proclamation; and

• Do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document), valid on the effective date of the Proclamation or issued thereafter permitting the individual to be admitted to the United States.


The Proclamation will not apply to the following individuals:

• lawful permanent residents;

• spouse or child of a U.S. citizen;

• any individual seeking entry to provide temporary labor essential to the U.S. food supply chain;

• any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.

For the purposes of determining who is covered under the “national interest” exemption, the Proclamation directs the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to determine standards for those to whom such an exemption would be available, including any individuals who:

• are critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States;

• are involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized;

• are involved with the provision of medical research at U.S. facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19;

• are necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States; or

• are children who would age out of eligibility for a visa because of this proclamation or Proclamation 10014.


The consular officer has discretion to determine if an individual is within one of the exempted categories outlined above.


Asylum seekers are not included in the ban. The Proclamation states that it does not limit the ability of individuals to apply for asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture.


Individuals who circumvent the application of the Proclamation through fraud, willful misrepresentation or illegal entry will be prioritized for removal.


Within 30 days of this Proclamation’s effective date, and every 60 days after, while it and Proclamation 10014 are in effect, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and State will make a determination as to any need to modify either proclamation.


The Secretary of Health and Human Services will provide guidance to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security concerning measures that will reduce the risk of those seeking admission to the United States introducing or spreading COVID-19 within the country. It is our understanding that this means individuals will be subject to a COVID-19 test before arrival.