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DOS: National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052)

July 31, 2020 (1 min read)

State Department, July 30, 2020

"On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020. P.P. 10052 also suspends the entry to the United States of certain additional foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the suspension applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, L-1 visas and J-1 applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs, and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.  The Proclamation does not apply to those who were in the United States on the effective date of the Proclamation (June 24),  and who had a valid visa in the classifications mentioned above (and plans to enter the United States on that visa) or who had another official travel document valid on the effective date of the Proclamation. If an individual is not subject to the Proclamation, then neither the individual nor the individuals spouse or children will be prevented from obtaining a visa due to the Proclamation. The Department of State is committed to implementing this Proclamation in an orderly fashion in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and interagency partners and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Both P.P. 10014 and 10052 include exceptions, including an exception for individuals whose travel would be in the national interest. The list below is non-exclusive list of the types of travel that may be considered to be in the national interest. ... "