US Immigration Policy Visas - H-1b, L-1, E, O, TN

Visa Ban Extended by Trump

On Dec 31, 2020, a defeated President Trump fired another salvo at legal immigration by extending the visa ban to March 31,2020. A copy of his proclamation can be found here. The ban prevents the issuance of new H-1b and L-1 visas (among others) and is an extension of the ban issued in June of 2020. U.S. Consulates on Mon. cancelled existing appointments citing the renewed ban. The original ban exempted healthcare workers however, we have had visa appointments for healthcare workers cancelled this week. We are hopeful that this was a Consular error. We are optimistic that the Biden Administration will act quickly after taking office to reverse this ban. For more on this issue, including a nice analysis on the labor data that should be relevant, check out this Forbes article.