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New executive order restricts visas

New Yorkers have probably heard about the new executive order restricting new visas. Signed Monday, until the end of 2020, the new executive order restricts H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas. But, it is important for those in the immigration process to understand that this may not affect them.

The most common visas affected are L-1 visas for companies to transfer their employees and H-1B visas for workers with specialty occupations. According to recent news reports, this new executive order could block 219,000 temporary workers. However, there are two key aspects that those in the immigration process should understand.

First, while the executive order applies immediately, it does not affect those who already have a visa, even current L-1 and H-1B visa holders. Second, the executive order expires on December 31, 2020. It can be extended, though. Third, only applies to those visa seekers that are currently outside the U.S. on the effective date of the executive order. Finally, it only applies to those that do not have an official travel document (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the executive order’s effective date or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the U.S.

As readers can see, this new executive order does affect some, but it is important to note it does not affect everyone in the visa process or immigration process generally. For those that are concerned about how this new executive order affects their specific situation, they should contact their attorney.