Exceptions Announced for Presidential Proclamations Suspending Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

July 16, 2020 | United States of America

On July 16, 2020, the Department of State announced exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 suspending the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants to the United States.

The Trump Administration issued Presidential Proclamation 10052 on June 22, 2020 as an extension of Presidential Proclamation 10014. Presidential Proclamation 10052 is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020 unless it is further extended. Together, the Proclamations suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals into the United States or seek selected visa types.

Presidential Proclamation 10052 provides several exceptions to the ban on entry, including foreign nationals entering the country for humanitarian travel, national security, and public health response. Exceptions are made for applicants who are subject to aging out of their current immigrant visa classification before Presidential Proclamation 10052 expires, or within two weeks following the Proclamation’s expiration. Exceptions also apply to select H and J visa applicants who are traveling to the U.S. to support a critical U.S. foreign objective, such as combatting COVID-19, and/or who are traveling by request of the U.S. government. The spouses and children of select visa holders, including L, J, and H, who are excepted from or otherwise not subject to Presidential Proclamation 10052 are also exempt from the suspension on entry.

Along with expanding the list of permissible entries into the United States, the Department of State will continue issuing H, L, and J visas to qualified derivative applicants who meet the current exception criteria, or in instances where the principal applicant is already in the United States.