On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a new Presidental Proclamation. Due to the overall ambiguity and inconsistency of specific provisions, we have received many questions regarding Proclamation 10052. Here are our answers to some of the most common questions.
Proclamation 10052 became effective on June 22, 2020, and it terminates on December 31, 2020.
Proclamation 10052 suspends the entry into the United States of foreign nationals in the following nonimmigrant categories:
Also, the Proclamation, effective immediately, extends through December 31, 2020, the existing “ban” of April 22, 2020, on immigrant visas (i.e. visas issued to those entering the United States to become permanent residents, also known as green card holders).
The nonimmigrant “ban” only applies when the individual in question:
The nonimmigrant “ban” shall not apply to individuals who:
The “ban” has no impact, among others, on:
Yes, you can. Although visa issuance and entry into the United States is temporarily suspended until December 31, 2020, for the categories of immigrant and nonimmigrants we have listed, Proclamation 10052 does not stop U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from accepting and adjudicating nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions.
Regardless of the “ban”, U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world remain closed for non-essential visa processing, and there is still no clarity on when they may resume operations.
Proclamation 10052 does not in any way change the COVID-19 related “U.S. travel bans”. They remain in place for people who have been to China, Iran, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Brasil, and Schengen Area countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) in the 14 days before their requested entry into the United States.
Considering this proclamation has recently been issued, there is no information on how U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world will enforce it and will adjudicate the “national interest” exceptions, or how the Customs and Border Protection officers at U.S. ports of entry will apply it.
For any questions, or if you have any concerns about your immigration status or needs, feel free to contact your Chicago Immigration Attorney at Sverdloff Law Group.