Under a recently announced policy, the United States government has imposed a ban on new issuance of H-1B, H-2B, H4, J-1, and L-1 visas through December 31, 2020.
This ban does not affect visas currently in effect for foreign nationals in the United States, nor does it apply to extensions of existing visas. There are other exceptions provided for certain types of workers as well. For further information, see USCIS.
- F-1 Visa – for individuals engaging in a full course of academic study in an accredited educational program, including language training programs.
- H-1B Visa – for workers who perform professional services for a sponsoring employer in a specific position for a fixed period of time.
- H-2B Visa – for workers in a temporary position for which a shortage of US workers exist, working for a specific employer for a fixed period of time.
- H-4 Visa – for dependents of non-immigrants who hold H visas.
- J-1 visa – for those who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training.
- L-1 visa – for non-immigrant workers whose foreign employer has transferred them from a subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office overseas to the U.S. to work in an executive, managerial, or specialist capacity, and their dependents.