Presidential Proclamation Suspends Certain Nonimmigrant Entries - NO IMPACT to F/J Students & Scholars, Current Faculty/Staff

June 22, 2020

On Monday, June 22nd, 2020, President Trump signed a new Executive Order, “Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” This order is to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 24th, 2020.

Who is NOT impacted by the proclamation?

This proclamation does NOT impact F-1 or J-1 students (including the OPT/STEM OPT program) or the J Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, and Specialist categories. Our understanding is that the J-1 Student Intern category is not included since it is a student category and differs from the J-1 Intern category. 

This proclamation does not apply to:

  1. Individuals in the United States on the effective date of the proclamation. This includes persons who currently hold H-1B status or are awaiting approval of H-1B change of status or extension of status petitions.
  2. Any lawful permanent residents,
  3. Spouse or children of U.S. citizens
  4. Individuals seeking to enter the U.S. to provide temporary labor or essential services to the U.S. food supply chain
  5. Any individual whose entry would be in the national interest

Who IS impacted by the proclamation?

The entry of any individual into the U.S. with the following visas are temporarily suspended until December 31, 2020:

  • An H-1B or H-2B visa and anyone accompanying these individuals 
  • A J visa in the following categories: Intern, Trainee, Teacher, Camp Counselor, Au Pair, or Summer Work, and anyone accompanying these individuals
  • An L visa and anyone accompanying these individuals

The proclamation applies to any individual outside the U.S. on the effective date of the proclamation (1) Who does not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid as of the effective date of the proclamation, and (2) Does not have an official travel document other than a visa.