US President Donald Trump this week banned non-immigrant visas such as H-1B and L-1 till December in an executive order. In the order, Trump also extended the ban for issuance of Green Cards till the end of 2020.

This would impact H-1B, H-2, L-1, J visa holders. However, students and optional training programmes, which foreign students can avail after graduation, remain unaffected.

The proclamation bans the entry of foreign nationals, including Indians, through skilled worker visas such as H-1B, L-1/L-2, unskilled temporary worker visa H-2B and J visa reserved for scholars, professors and exchange students.

The ban will be effective from June 24 to December 31. This is also applicable for the immigrant visas that are initially banned for 60 days.

The order will not impact those who are already in the US with the valid non-immigration visa and those already in the US.

However, it impacts foreign nationals applying for a fresh visa. Those in India with valid skilled worker visas such as H-1B, L-1/L-2 won’t be  allowed entry into the US till the ban is in place.

As far as Green Cards go, this is unlikely to impact those in the US and will affect those applying for Green Cards from outside the country.

As per the order, this will not affect those who enter the country to provide temporary labour or services essential to the United States food supply chain. The order further states that those whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.


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