Moments ago, President Trump issued a “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”
This Proclamation only applies to persons outside the United States as of June 22, 2020 who are seeking admission to the United States as an H-1B, H-2B, J-1 or L-1 non-immigrant.
If overseas persons in the above-referenced visa categories can demonstrate to the consular officer that they work in industry that is essential to the U.S. food supply chain or work in an industry that is in the national interest of the United States, they too are exempt from this Proclamation.
The Proclamation also tasks the Secretary of State, as soon as practicable, to make sure that persons seeking to adjust their status based on an EB-2 or EB-3 petition are not depriving U.S. Citizens or lawful permanent residents of jobs in the United States. Since the very process of employment-based permanent residency requires a certification from the U.S. Department of Labor that an American or lawful permanent residency has not been deprived of a job, there shouldn’t be much for the Secretary of State to do in this regard.
This Proclamation is to be reviewed by June 24, 2020 and then every sixty days thereafter until December 31, 2020 when it is set to expire or extend.