Original Date AnnouncedJune 22, 2020
COVID-19: President issues proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain nonimmigrants with H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas, and their follow-to-join relatives, through December 31, 2020.
[ID #986]Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak
Effective DateJune 22, 2020
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
June 29, 2020
Proclamation on Amendment to Proclamation 10052
On June 29, 2020, the President issued an amendment to the June 22 travel ban, amending its general provisions and adding some specificity regarding applicable nonimmigrant visas.View Document
September 30, 2020
Gomez v. Trump (D.D.C. 1:20-cv-01419)
On September 30, 2020, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion and amended its September 4 order requiring the government to process Diversity Visa selectees. The amended order requires the State Department to reserve "9,095 diversity visas that the [Department] reasonably and realistically could have issued after March 20, 2020, through the end of the fiscal year," in order to avoid their expiration at the end of the fiscal year. The case is Gomez v. Trump (D.D.C. 1:20-cv-01419).View Document
October 1, 2020
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction - National Association of Manufacturers v. DHS
On October 1, 2020, the District Court for the Northern District of California issued a limited preliminary injunction blocking DOS and DHS from enforcing the Trump administration’s June 22 proclamation. The injunction is not nationwide in scope and benefits only the plaintiffs and organizations that are members of the plaintiff trade groups. The case is National Association of Manufacturers et al. v. Department of Homeland Security.View Document
November 18, 2020
November 2020 Compliance Order in NAM v. DHS
The District Court for the Northern District of California issues an order in National Association of Manufacturers clarifying the Department of State's obligations with respect to identifying who is encompassed as a class member under the court's October 1 order in the case.
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**View Document
November 20, 2020
Revised guidance for the Court Order in NAM v. DHS
The Department of State issues revises guidance to implement the Court Order in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Homeland Security. The guidance clarifies which visa applicants are considered class members, provides details on appointment scheduling and adjudication at posts where regional COVID proclamations are in effect, and provides for national interest exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10052 for class members.
On November 18, the District Court in the Northern District of California had issued a court order in National Association of Manufacturers clarifying its October 1 order in the case. The October 1 order enjoined the Trump Administration from preventing nonimmigrant workers on H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visas from entering the United States. The November 18 order clarifies the Department of State's obligations with respect to the October 1 order.View Document
December 31, 2020
Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market
President Trump extends the expiration date of Proclamation 10052 to March 31, 2021.View Document
Biden Administration ActionFebruary 24, 2021
Extension of Presidential Proclamation 10052
This Biden administration policy revokes in part the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On Feb. 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014, and extended Presidential Proclamation 10052. Both had been extended by President Trump on Dec. 31, 2020.View Document
Biden Administration ActionFebruary 24, 2021
National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10052
Although he extended P.P. 10052, President Biden authorized national interest exceptions for certain H-1B, H-2B, J-1, L-1A, L-1B, and other travelers.View Document
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedApril 1, 2021
2021.04.01 Update on Presidential Proclamation 10052
This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On April 1, 2021, DOS announced that the Trump-era policy had expired and that individuals whose visas had been denied under Proclamation 10052 could now reapply.View Document
Current StatusNot in effectFebruary 24, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationFebruary 24, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationApril 1, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration