US visa ban exemption for stranded spouses, kids of H1B and L1 workers

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US visa ban exemption for stranded spouses, kids of H1B and L1 workers

Spouses and dependents of H-1B visa holders who are currently stuck in India, because of US visa ban, will be allowed to travel to the US exempting them from June 22 directive from the Trump administration that suspended non-immigrant visas due the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an update by the US government.

As per the proclamation, anyone on an H-1B, H4, J1 and H2A visa who did not hold a valid visa as of 24th June would not be allowed to travel to the country till December 31. If the principal beneficiary i.e., the H-1B visa holder is currently in the US, then his/her family who is outside the country can apply for H-1 visas and come back (to the country).

However, not all H-1B visa holders will be allowed back. According to the list of exemptions issued by the State, only certain H and J visa applicants who are ‘traveling to work in support of a critical US foreign policy objective (such as COVID-19 response) and/or traveling at the request of the US government; will be exempt from this ban.

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