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President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation that will restrict entry of certain foreign nationals on new nonimmigrant work visas. The proclamation also extends existing restrictions on immigrant visa applicants that were set to expire today.
BAL Analysis: Today, travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals remains extremely limited. U.S. consulates abroad have generally suspended routine visa services, making it difficult to obtain new visas to travel to the U.S. Under White House proclamations, foreign nationals who have been physically present for a 14-day period in Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area countries or the United Kingdom may not enter the U.S. unless they fall under an exemption. These restrictions are in effect until terminated by the president. Non-essential travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico also remains restricted until at least July 21.
When U.S. consulates abroad begin to reopen, the new proclamation will significantly restrict legal immigration avenues for foreign workers who are not presently in the U.S. Though it is based on the authority to deny entry and does not impact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudications within the U.S., the proclamation directs the immigration agencies to issue regulations that could affect eligibility for work visas. BAL is continuing to review the new restrictions and will provide additional analysis in the coming days.
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