Proclamation Suspends Entry into the US of Certain H-1B, H-2B, J, and L Workers until December 31, 2020 

On June 22, 2020, the U.S. President issued a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L and J-1 visa categories until December 31, 2020 with possibility of extension at the discretion of the President. The suspension only applies to those outside of the US who do not have a valid visa or advance parole travel document for entry into the US. All J-1 categories under USC’s sponsorship designation are omitted from this decree and, thus, are exempt from the provisions of the executive order. In other words, USC-sponsored J-1 research scholars, short-term scholars, professors, and students (degree and non-degree) are not affected by this proclamation. This proclamation does not include any actions or recommendations related to F-1 students or Optional Practical Training (OPT).

OIS staff are unable to answer questions pertaining to visa categories other than F and J. Questions regarding other visa categories such as H-1B should be directed to a qualified immigration attorney.

OIS is following the situation closely and will provide additional details as more information becomes available.