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­Trump May Issue Ban of Entry on These Statuses

Corey Lee Law - NYC Immigration Attorney > C.T.LEE & Associates Blog  > ­Trump May Issue Ban of Entry on These Statuses

­Trump May Issue Ban of Entry on These Statuses

On Tuesday, June 9th, an article released by Kuck Baxter Immigration discussed a possible potential proclamation that would cause detrimental consequences to a wide range of non-immigrant visa holders. 

If issued, this proclamation would suspend the entry of certain non-immigrant workers for as long as 180 days. It is advised that visa holders of potentially affected categories (L-1, H-1B, H-2B, J-1) not travel abroad if currently in the U.S. and return immediately if abroad. This proclamation is predicted to be issued as early as this Thursday, but more likely on Friday afternoon. 

The policies established by this proclamation, if implemented, would respectively: suspend entry of non-immigrant workers, make changes to existing OPT policies, make changes to necessary qualifications for H-1B petitions, broadly impact the H-4 visa, and last but not least, eliminate work authorization for asylum seekers, asylees, those with TPS, and refugees. Let us take a closer look at each of these policies. 

Temporary Suspension of Entry for L-1, H-1B, H-2B, and J-1 Visa Holders

This policy would ban L-1, H-1B, H-2B, and some J-1 Visa holders from entering the U.S. for as long as 180 days. It is not clear whether L-1A managers and executives will be affected along with L1-B specialized knowledge employees; neither can it be asserted which J-1 categories, in particular, will be subject to this rule.

It is expected for this policy to make exceptions for workers of professions that are needed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Examples include health care professionals and some H-2B holders such as farmers, food-supply related workers, etc.

This rule would upset many companies in the U.S. if implemented since many companies rely on executives and professionals imported from China. This especially applies to IT and technology-related companies. Therefore, lawsuits opposing this rule can take place soon after it is introduced.

New OPT Policies

It is possible that STEM OPT programs, which last for a maximum duration of 24 months with extension, will be limited to only 12 months. In the meantime, regular OPT permissions will be exclusively accessible to students who graduate at the top 15% of their class instead of all participants.

New H-1B Qualifications

The filing fee may be skyrocketing to the price of $20,000 per case. Critical terms such as “employer-employee relationship” and specialty occupation will be redefined. Employers will be permitted to hire at level 1 wages but only for a 2-year increment. After the extension, employees must be paid at least level 2 salaries. 

H-4 Visa Cancellation

The H-4 visa, which is issued to immediate family members of H-1B visa holders, has a chance of being rescinded with the introduction of this proclamation.

Elimination of Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers, Asylees, TPS Holders, and Refugees

This predicted policy of the proclamation remains highly controversial since, according to the 1967 Geneva Protocol, the U.S. must provide work authorization to people with the above status. 

Although these terms seem very hostile and once implemented officially, it will cause significant inconveniences and difficulties in people’s lives with statuses mentioned above. 

However, there is no need to panic as the above terms are nothing more than predictions until Trump officially announced it. We still strongly recommend that if your status is included in this potential proclamation, you should return to the U.S. as soon as possible if currently abroad and remain in the country if not. Please avoid traveling abroad if possible.

重磅!特朗普或禁止以下身份入境!

在本周二,六月九日,Kuck Baxter移民律所发布了一篇有关特朗普可能发布的行政命令。该命令一旦发表,可造成对广泛种类签证持有者的负面影响。

该命令会造成个别种类的非移民工作签证(L-1, H-1B, H-2B, J-1)持有者被禁入境长达至180天。我们强烈建议该种类签证持有者若现处美国境外,尽早返美。若处于美国境内,如非必要不要出境。此禁令最早被推测将于周四发布,但周五发布的可能性更大。

该禁令,若被实施,将造成以下影响:禁止非移民工作者入境,改变现有的OPT政策,改变H-1B申请要求,对H-4造成巨大影响,取消对庇护需求者,难民,临时保护状态者,以及避难者签发的工作许可。接下来我们看看禁令的详细内容。

暂时禁止L-1, H-1B, H-2B, 及部分J-1签证持有者入境

这条政策会禁止L-1,H-1B,H-2B以及个别J-1签证持有者入境美国长达180天。无法确定L-1A(跨国经理签证)和L-1B(技术工作签证)是否受到影响。也无法断言具体哪些J-1持有者会被针对。

大概可以确定这条禁令不适用于疫情中的重要工作者,例如:医疗工作者,以及可能持有H-2B的,食物供给工人等。

这条规定会造成许多美国公司的不满。尤其是需要大量海外人才的IT及科技公司。这条规定如果出台,很快会招来很多诉讼。

新的OPT政策

可以被延期至时长共两年的STEM OPT 可能被改至一年。正常OPT可能只对每年成绩为毕业生内前15%的学生开放。

新的H-1B要求

申请费用可能被调至惊人的每案2万美金。有些重要的定义,例如“雇主-雇员关系”,以及“专业职位”将被重新规范。同时工资的标准可能会被提高。

H-4签证或被取消

签发给H-1B持有人直系亲属的H-4签证可能被取消。

取消颁布给庇护需求者,难民,临时保护状态者,以及避难者的工作许可

此条法案受到许多争议,因为1967年的日内瓦条约规定美国为以上身份人员提供工作许可。

我们理解以上列举的条约让人神经紧绷,可能造成不安情绪,因为它们一旦实现,会造成广大在美华人及即将赴美群体的众多不便。

但是目前为止没有过度恐慌的必要,以上只是对于未出台政策的推测,在正式发布前没有任何影响力。但我们仍然强烈建议您若为以上身份并处于美国境外,立即返美。如在美国境内,避免出境。