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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Trump Extends Entry Ban to March 31, 2021

In April and June of 2020, when the pandemic was still in its early stages, President Trump issued Proclamations 10014 and 10052 to limit entry of immigrants and non-immigrants into the United States. The proclamations were renewed as the pandemic dragged on and have now once again been extended -- this time until March 31, 2021.

The proclamations affect visas issued before the initial rule was signed in on June 24, 2020. They basically ban legal immigration and entry of nonimmigrant visa-holders such as H-1B, H-4, L-1A, L-1B, L-2, J-1, and J-2. Almost every non-resident will be unable to enter the U.S. unless they are deemed a national interest exception or crucial to the food supply system. H-1B and L1 visas have milder restrictions, allowing for extensions and other exceptions. 

These two proclamations can be renewed yet again at the end of March 2021 if the pandemic does not let up, though the change in presidency will surely influence these policies. 

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