Last Thursday, the 31st, President Donald Trump extended until March 31st, 2021, the proclamation that affects the issuance of new work visas such as L, H and J at embassies and consulates, as well as consular interviews for green card processes due to the “continued weakness of the United States labor market due to the pandemic”.
According to Trump’s proclamation, “The coronavirus continues to severely disrupt the livelihood of Americans. The effects of COVID-19 on the US job market and the health of American communities is a matter of continuing national concern, and the considerations in Proclamations 10014 and 10052 have not been eliminated. ”
The restrictions are applied to H-1B, H-2B, H4, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas.
As a result, consulates are unable to issue green cards and such visas; USCIS however will continue to process these requests normally, as the Proclamation does not affect the processes brought before this body.
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