Former President Presidential Proclamation 10052 - which, under the guise of protecting US jobs during the pandemic, suspended the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, J-1 Trainee and L-1 Intracompany Transferee visas by Consular Posts abroad, expired on March 31, 2021.
As a result, US Consulates will begin accepting and processing these visas.
The US State Department (DOS) has confirmed the expiration of the ban, explaining that visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will begin to be processed as part of the phased resumption of visa services. DOS also indicates that those who were previously refused visas under the now-expired proclamation may submit a new application and fee to reapply.
However, the ban on entry by persons from the Schengen countries, China, Iran, UK, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa remains and even if persons from those countries qualify for one of the nonimmigrant visas listed above, they must still qualify for a National Interest Exception in order to enter the US.