US Embassy Re-Opening Update as of April 1, 2021April 3, 2021
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The Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak), and section 1 of Proclamation 10131 of December 31, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue To Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak), has finally ended as it already expired in the recent update released by travel.state.gov.
The proclamation has had many negative effects to the country. If deprived people from visiting their relative who are permanent citizens of the United States. It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world. And it harms individuals who were selected to receive the opportunity to apply for, and those who have likewise received, immigrant visas in the year 2020. The start of the 2nd quarter of 2021 has favored many of us as the proclamation has been lifted
Here is the article released by Travel State for more details.
Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.
Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.
The resumption of routine visa services, prioritized after services to U.S. citizens, is occurring on a post-by-post basis, consistent with the Department’s guidance for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March 2020 and will continue to do so as they are able. As post-specific conditions improve, our missions will begin providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates on the services that post is currently offering.
On March 17, 2021, Senators Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Angus S. King (D-ME), Jr., Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to President Biden, urging the President “to follow through on your promise to rescind Proclamation 10052 without delay, resume timely processing of nonimmigrant visas, and direct U.S. Embassies and Consulates to open up visa appointments for nonimmigrant visas as soon as possible.”
On December 31, 2020, Proclamation 10052’s December 31, 2020 expiration date was extended until March 31, 2020.
On October 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of Proclamation 10052, but that injunction is limited to visa applicants whose petitioner (for H-1B or L-1 beneficiaries) or sponsor or host organization (for J-1 applicants) are either one of the plaintiffs (the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the National Retail Federation, Technet, and Intrax, Inc)or are members of the plaintiff associations at the time of adjudication. The case is National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al.
Proclamation 10054 of June 29, 2020 amended Proclamation 10052 at Section 3(a)(ii) to clarify that the exception in that paragraph applies only to individuals with a valid H, J, or L visa who seek admission to the United States in one of those categories. For example, an individual outside the United States wishing to enter the United States in H-1B status who had valid B-2 visa but not a valid H-1B visa would be subject to the proclamation and would not be eligible for an H-1B visa.