Biden Reversed the Immigration Ban Except Nonimmigrant Visa

Biden Administration reversed the Policy that used the pandemic situation to limit immigration. Biden has rescinded the immigrant visa ban on new lawful permanent residents applying from abroad. This ban was most harmful for family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents and diversity lottery winners as well as some employees of US companies.

Sadly, the restriction does not end the nonimmigrant visa(H1,L1,J) ban for most work visa holders. So the ban will continue until March 31, 2021. 

On December 31,2020 U.S. President Donald Trump extended a pair of immigration bans that block many “green card” applicants and temporary foreign workers from entering the country, measures taken to protect U.S. workers amid the pandemic-battered economy.

The bans, which were issued in April and June, were set to expire on Dec. 31,2020 but will be extended until March 31, 2021.

Earlier, On June 22,2020 the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspended the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020

Specifically, the suspension applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.

Ban

On August 12, 2020, the Department of State updated its guidance regarding who is exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10052, commonly referred to as the H-1B or L-1 Travel Ban.

The State Department said that H-1B and L-1 visas can now be issued for employees who are seeking to resume ongoing employment in the United States in the same position with the same employer and visa classification.

Exceptions under P.P. 10052 for certain travel in the national interest by nonimmigrants may include for H-1B, H-2B, J-1 L1A, L1B, H-4, L-2, and J-2 applicants.

US Embassy Update:

Consular sections at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata began processing visa applications on a limited basis since August 2020.

For Urgent need to travel, applicants can request an emergency appointment.

Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed.

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