Additional restrictions on entry into the U.S. may be expected soon. Initial indications are that the Administration is considering barring H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 status among other non-immigrant visa categories.
On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following COVID-19 Outbreak.”
Business and advocacy groups continue to argue that these measures will harm, rather than help, the economy. Like all of the other COVID-related restrictions, indications are that there will be a number of exceptions, including exceptions for healthcare workers and those involved in the food supply chain. However, it is unclear how the exceptions would be implemented.
Jackson Lewis attorneys will continue to follow this issue and provide updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime, if you have employees who are abroad with currently valid non-immigrant visas, consider bringing them back to the United States sooner rather than later. Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney with any questions.