Update on US Executive Order Suspending Popular Visa Categories

June 26, 2020



Earlier this week the US President announced the  executive order that suspends, at least for the rest of this year, entry of workers under several popular visa categories (H, J and L), upending hundreds of thousands of lives and businesses around the world.

There were many concerns raised from CERC members that this would also impact cross border mobility and further disrupt business operations.

It has now been clarified that Canadian citizens are exempt from this order. In a statement issued by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik on June 25:

  1. Canadians who currently have H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J work visas can continue to use their work visa, travel freely on their work visa, and renew their work visa as necessary.

  2. Canadian citizen spouses and dependent children of work visa holders are also exempt from the proclamation and travel restrictions.

  3. Canadians waiting for 2020 H-1B visa approvals or planning to apply for their first L-1, H-1B, H-2B or J visa are also not affected. They can proceed with their work visa applications without restriction.

  4. Canadians holding other common types of work visas (TN, E, O, P) are entirely unaffected by the proclamation. They can work, travel and renew their work visas as necessary.


Read Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s statement

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