Presidential Proclamation 10014 became effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET) and suspends the entry of certain individuals seeking admission to the United States as an immigrant. On June 22, 2020, the executive order was extended through December 31, 2020. It could subsequently be extended beyond this date.
Proclamation 10014 suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant (green card holder/ permanent resident) who:
- Is outside the United States on the effective date of the proclamation;
- Does not have a valid immigrant visa on the effective date; and
- Does not have a valid official travel document (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document) on the effective date, or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the United States to seek entry or admission.
The following categories are exempted from the proclamation:
- Lawful permanent residents (LPR)
- Individuals, and their spouses or children, seeking to enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional; to perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19; or to perform work essential to combating, recovering from, or otherwise alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, (as determined by the Secretaries of State and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or their respective designees)
- Individuals applying for a visa to enter the U.S. pursuant to the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program
- Spouses of U.S. citizens
- Children of U.S. citizens under the age of 21 and prospective adoptees seeking to enter on an IR-4 or IH-4 visa
- Individuals who would further important U.S. law enforcement objectives (as determined by the Secretaries of DHS and State based on the recommendation of the Attorney General (AG), or their respective designees)
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children
- Individuals and their spouses or children eligible for Special Immigrant Visas as an Afghan or Iraqi translator/interpreter or U.S. Government Employee (SI or SQ classification)
- Individuals whose entry would be in the national interest (as determined by the Secretaries of State and DHS, or their respective designees)
- Children of LPRs and US citizens who would age out of eligibility for a visa.
The Proclamation is effective through December 31, 2020. Within 30 days of June 24, 2020, and every 60 days after, while the Proclamation is in effect, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and State will make a determination as to any need to modify the proclamation.
The Department of State announced on July 14, 2020, the resumption of routine visa services on a post-by-post basis. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. However, as post-specific conditions improve, the missions will begin providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. In order to determine the operational status of a post, visit the individual U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which services it is currently offering. US embassies will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services.