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Nonimmigrants Physically Present in United States on June 24, 2020 May Renew Expired Visas in Affected Categories

July 22, 2020

Via its verified Twitter account, the US Department of State confirmed, “If you were in the US on June 24th but left and your visa expired, you are not subject to the Proclamation [and] may renew your visa before December 31, 2020.”

In a reversal of prior guidance, the US Department of State announced via Twitter that Presidential Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020, amending Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020, does not apply to H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L nonimmigrants who were physically present in the United States on June 24, 2020, and whose visas in one of the affected categories subsequently expired. Thus, should an individual who was in the United States on June 24, 2020, leave the United States and require renewal of a visa to return, the individual is eligible to apply for a new visa at a US consulate/embassy abroad  once routine visa services become available.

Please review our previous alert regarding US President Donald Trump’s amended Presidential Proclamation 10052 to limit entry into the United States by H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L nonimmigrants and to suspend issuance of those visas at consulates abroad, among other restrictions.

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