The Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak was issued on June 22nd. The proclamation renews an immigrant visa proclamation of April 22nd and expands it to include some non-immigrant visas. Details related to non-immigrant visas that are especially noteworthy for UC Merced's international community:
- Effective dates/duration: 06/24/20-12/31/20; may be reviewed for modification every 60 days & may be extended.
- General focus: Suspends admission to US by certain non-immigrant workers (H, L & some J visa holders & “any alien accompanying or following to join such alien")
- H-1B visa program:
- Applies only to those who are outside of the US on June 24th, & who do not have a valid visa or travel document on that date.
- Does not affect those who are currently in the US, including those who currently hold H-1B status, or are awaiting approval of H-1B change of status or extension of status petitions.
- J-1 visas: Some J-1s are affected, but the impacted J-1 visa categories do not include Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar, Specialist, Student, all categories used by UC Merced.
F-1 visa/OPT: F-1s & OPTs are not affected.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns:
- Garett Gietzen, Director of International Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org; 209-285-9780
- Becky Mirza, Assistant Director for ISS (H, O, TN, E-3, Perm. Residency): email@example.com; 209-355-0913
- Rico Johnson, Scholar Visa Specialist (J-1 scholars): firstname.lastname@example.org; 209-355-1018
- Lacey Long-Vejar, Student Visa Specialist (F-1, incl. OPT & CPT, J-1 students): email@example.com; 209-259-8913