President Trump Extends Travel Restrictions

Updated: Jan 19

Citing the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. labor market and on the health of American communities, on Dec. 31, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation extending the considerations and travel restrictions in Proclamations 10014 and 10052 until March 31, 2021.


These proclamations suspended and limited the entry of any individual seeking entry pursuant to any of the following nonimmigrant visas, pursuant to some exemptions:


(a) an H-1B or H-2B visa, and any individual accompanying or following to join such individual;


(b) a J visa, to the extent the individual is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any individual accompanying or following to join such individual; and


(c) an L visa, and any individual accompanying or following to join such individual.


The proclamation shall apply only to any individual who:


(i) is outside the United States on the effective date of this proclamation;


(ii) does not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation; and


(iii) does not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.


The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant to section 2 of this proclamation shall not apply to:


(i) any lawful permanent resident of the United States;


(ii) any individual who is the spouse or child, as defined in section 101(b)(1) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)), of a United States citizen;


(iii) any individual seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and


(iv) any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.


*Steven M. Ladik is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and represents numerous professional golfers on the LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR. He also serves as the outside Immigration Counsel to the National Football League. He is a Partner at Seltzer Chadwick Soefje & Ladik, PLLC. www.realclearcounsel.com


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