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June 26th, 2020

On Monday June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled, “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” extending the April 22nd Presidential Proclamation and adding new restrictions for nonimmigrant workers who “pose a risk of displacing and disadvantaging United States workers during the coronavirus recovery,” including H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant workers. 

According to the executive order, the entry of these nonimmigrants “presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Effective Date: The Proclamation takes effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01 AM ET. It will remain in effect through December 31, 2020 and may be continued or modified as necessary.
Background: On June 20, 2020, President Trump has issued a proclamation that suspends the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States.
This Proclamation also extends, effective immediately, Presidential Proclamation 10014 issued on April 22, 2020 which suspended the entry of certain immigrants into the United States.
The Proclamation suspends the issuance of visas for those seeking entry pursuant to a(n):
• H-1B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;
• H-2B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them;
• J visa, to the extent the foreign national is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; and
 • L visa, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them.
The Proclamation will only apply to an individual identified above if they are:
• Outside the United States on the effective date of the Proclamation;
• Do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on the effective date of the Proclamation; and
• Do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, boarding foil, or advance parole document), valid on the effective date of the Proclamation or issued thereafter permitting the individual to be admitted to the United States.
The Proclamation will not apply to the following individuals:
• lawful permanent residents;
• spouse or child of a U.S. citizen;
• any individual seeking entry to provide temporary labor essential to the U.S. food supply chain;
• any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
For the purposes of determining who is covered under the “national interest” exemption, the Proclamation directs the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security to determine standards for those to whom such an exemption would be available, including any individuals who:
• are critical to the defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or national security of the United States;
• are involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized;
• are involved with the provision of medical research at U.S. facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19;
• are necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States;
or •
are children who would age out of eligibility for a visa because of this proclamation or Proclamation 10014.
Discretion: The consular officer has discretion to determine if an individual is within one of the exempted categories outlined above. Asylum Seekers: Asylum seekers are not included in the ban. The Proclamation states that it does not limit the ability of individuals to apply for asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture. Fraud: Individuals who circumvent the application of the Proclamation through fraud, willful misrepresentation or illegal entry will be prioritized for removal.
Fraud: Individuals who circumvent the application of the Proclamation through fraud, willful misrepresentation or illegal entry will be prioritized for removal.
Additional Review: Within 30 days of this Proclamation’s effective date, and every 60 days after, while it and Proclamation 10014 are 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 either proclamation.
COVID-19 Prevention: The Secretary of Health and Human Services will provide guidance to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security concerning measures that will reduce the risk of those seeking admission to the United States introducing or spreading COVID-19 within the country. It is our understanding that this means individuals will be subject to a COVID-19 test before arrival.
Additional Measures:
• Issue regulations or take additional actions to ensure that those who have already been admitted, or are seeking admission, on an EB-2 immigrant visa, EB-3 immigrant visa, or H-1B nonimmigrant visa do not limit opportunity for U.S. workers.
• Undertake investigations of Labor Condition Application (LCA) violations pursuant to INA 212(n)(G)(i).
• Consider issuing regulations or other actions concerning the allocation of visas and ensuring that the presence of H-1B workers in the United States does not negatively affect U.S. workers. We understand that this would include prioritizing the highest paid H-1B workers in the numerical cap.
• Ensure that an individual will not be able to apply for a visa or admission to the United States until they have completed biometrics, including photographs, signatures, and fingerprints; and
• Take steps, consistent with law, to prevent certain individuals who have final orders of removal; who are inadmissible or deportable from the U.S.; have been arrested for, charged with or convicted of a criminal offense, from being able to work in the United States.
Severability Clause: If any provision, or the application of any provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be invalid, the remainder of the Proclamation shall not be affected.
AILA and Apostol Law Firm  will continue to monitor the implementation and impact of this proclamation.

 Florina Apostol, Esq. 
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March 5th, 2020

SUCCESS!!! Catherine and Pierre celebrate obtaining their green cards with their attorney Florina Apostol. As entrepreneurs, they entered the United States on an E-2 visa as Treaty Investors. After Catherine won the Orlando Signature Dish Competition, she was sponsored and offered a position as an executive chef by a local restaurant. Her PERM was approved in only 7 weeks. We filed the I-140 petition and adjustment of status for Catherine and the adjustment of status for her spouse as her dependent. We are extremely pleased that we achieved a favorable outcome on their green card cases!


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Noi reguli pentru vizele turistice vizand asa-zisul "turism de nasteri"

January 24th, 2020


Începând de astăzi,  24 ianuarie intra in vigoare noi reguli de acordare a vizelor turistice pentru a împiedica așa-zisul „turism de nașteri”. Daca Ofițerul Consular are motive să creadă ca solicitanta călătorește în scopul principal de a da naștere în Statele Unite pentru a obține cetățenia americană pentru copil, Ofițerul Consular va refuza cererea de viza turistica. Notați însă ca Ofițerul Consular nu poate  întreba o aplicantă dacă este însărcinată decât dacă există un motiv specific și articulabil care să-l facă să creadă că ar putea fi însărcinată și că plănuiește să dea naștere pe teritoriul Statelor Unite. Registrului Federal pentru informații suplimentare


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