On October 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State’s implementation of Presidential Proclamation 10052. The injunction stops the agencies from barring certain non-immigrant visa holders (H-1B, H-2B, certain J-1 visa holders, L-1 visa holders) from entering the U.S. and orders these agencies to stop delaying the processing of these non-immigrant visas applications at the U.S. Consular Offices abroad. Unfortunately, the court limited the scope of the injunctive relief to the plaintiffs in the case (the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of technology giants such as Apple and Google), thus the injunction does not cover everyone. We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State on how they will proceed given the order.
by Lisa York