On December 31, 2020, the Trump administration issued a presidential proclamation extending the ban of entry to the U.S. for certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. The travel bans, originally scheduled to expire on Dec 31, 2020, have been extended until March 31, 2021:
Exemptions to the bans remain and the following will not be impacted by the order:
Furthermore, the entry ban does not apply to the following:
Country specific travel bans, such as The Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus preventing any foreign national who had been present in China, Iran, Schengen Area countries, Ireland, UK or Brazil, within 14 days of travel to the U.S., entering the U.S., continue to exist without an expiration date.
The travel bans also provide for certain discretionary waivers to allow entry into the U.S. for individuals subject to the entry ban. Waivers are to be decided on a case-by-case basis. Further, President Elect Biden has expressed that he will work to reverse Trumps travel bans within his first 100 days in office.
If you are currently abroad, or planning to travel abroad, please speak to an immigration attorney at Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan to understand your options.