US allows H-1B visa holders to return to the country on certain conditions

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Published: August 13,2020 11:05 AM
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August 13, 2020: The Trump administration has relaxed some rules for H-1B visas holders allowing them to enter the United States if they are returning to the same jobs they had prior

August 13, 2020: The Trump administration has relaxed some rules for H-1B visas holders allowing them to enter the United States if they are returning to the same jobs they had prior to the proclamation of the visa ban.



 "Travel by applicants seeking to resume ongoing employment in the United States in the same position with the same employer and visa classification," the US Department of State advisory said.



Also, dependents (spouses and children) will also be allowed to travel along with primary visa holders.





The US has also allowed travel by technical specialists, senior-level managers and other workers who hold H-1B visas, saying it is necessary to facilitate the "immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States".





The administration also allowed travel of visa holders who are working as public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to conduct ongoing medical research in an area with a substantial public health benefit.





It may be mentioned that earlier President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation on June 22 banning the entry of certain non-immigrants with H-1B and L1 visas until the end of the year to protect the US labour market following record unemployment rates because of the COVID-19 pandemic.