The Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP 10052), which took effect on June 22, 2020, has not been extended and expired on March 31, 2021. Enrollment in InterExchange programs remains open, and we will continue to welcome Exchange Visitors to the United States.
The Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has released an update on Presidential Proclamation 10052.
“Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.
Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.
The resumption of routine visa services, prioritized after services to U.S. citizens, is occurring on a post-by-post basis, consistent with the Department’s guidance for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March 2020 and will continue to do so as they are able. As post-specific conditions improve, our missions will begin providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates on the services that post is currently offering.”
Please keep in mind that many consular sections at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are not yet able to operate at full capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unique in-country conditions. Please keep in contact with the U.S. Embassy to monitor updates to their visa appointments and policies. Please also monitor flight restrictions and flight availability. COVID-19 related travel restrictions are also being updated and we encourage you to monitor pre-flight requirements for testing and quarantining in departure, arrival and connection destinations.