The two proclamations, which suspend U.S. entry and visa issuance for many immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants outside the U.S., were set to end after December 31, 2020.
As a reminder, Proclamation 10014 stopped most family and business immigrant visa applicants (permanent visas that lead to Lawful Permanent Residency/Green Cards) and Proclamation 10052 halted new non-immigrants seeking entry in H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B visa categories.
The Proclamations were deemed necessary to protect U.S. workers from foreign national workers alleged to be taking U.S. jobs during COVID-economic crisis.
Exceptions to the Proclamations allow for visa issuance across several important industries, for those returning to the same employer, and those coming for activities in the U.S. “National Interest”, among other categories, but they require significant documentation and preparation to qualify.
A court order, which remains in effect, partially suspended the proclamations in October 2020, but it was limited only to Plaintiffs (the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the National Retail Federation, Technet, and Intrax, Inc.) and their members.