There are indications that President Donald Trump may expand his April 22, 2020, proclamation, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The expansion could temporarily bar individuals outside of the United States seeking to enter pursuant to H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visas, among other nonimmigrant visa categories. Similar to prior immigration restrictions related to COVID-19, there could be some exceptions, including for healthcare workers and those involved in the food supply chain.
We are continuing to monitor developments with respect to this issue and will release an update when we learn more. We encourage employers to consider proactively bringing employees who are abroad on valid nonimmigrant visas back to the United States, as this restriction could come become effective very quickly after announcement. Please contact us with any questions on how this might affect your employees.