Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052 Extended
In an unsurprising decision by the outgoing Executive, Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052 have been extended until March 31, 2021. These Proclamations suspend the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants alike, with Immigrant Visas, H-1Bs, J visas, and L visas all impacted. As with the initial Proclamations, these orders can be extended further at the discretion of the Executive, raising questions as to how the Biden administration will view such restrictions in the context of its immigration and coronavirus policies. With the ongoing pandemic and continual rises in unemployment expected, it will be a difficult decision for the new administration to rescind these suspensions of entry prior to March 31, 2021.
These extensions still contain the same exceptions and waiver options, providing some individuals with the option to continue their travels to the United States under limited circumstances. Under the guise of protecting the American workforce during a time of economic stress, these orders will continue to limit the availability of immigrant visas and certain non-immigrant visas for applicants outside of the United States. Upon their expiration, these orders will have limited such movement into the United States for almost an entire year. Such extended restrictions have likely created a significant backlog of applicants that will need to be processed by the U.S. Department of State, which will increase wait times and backlogs at U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. Our office will continue to monitor these Proclamations and similar developments over the coming week, in what promises to be a tumultuous Presidential transition which will significantly impact U.S. immigration policy for the next four years.