Presidential Proclamation Extended, Suspension of the Exchange Visitor Program Still in Effect

Community News, J-1 & YE | January 05, 2021

On December 31, 2020, President Trump extended Proclamation 10052 (suspending entry of various non-resident alien visa categories) until March 31, 2021. The full provisions of this extension can be consulted on the White House website

Quick facts:

•Presidential Proclamation 10052 took effect June 24, 2020 and is now in effect
until March 31, 2021.

•The H-1B, H-2B, L and J visa categories are concerned (includes J-1 Interns and Trainees).

•This proclamation applies to new and renewing visa applicants but will not invalidate the visas of current visa holders.

For over 45 years the FACC has been a trusted sponsor, accredited and mandated by the Department of State to administer the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. As a sponsor, we remain committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of program participants, now and in the future. Our team will continue to provide program oversight and customer service to Exchange Visitors, Host Companies and members of the Chamber.

Pursuant to the extension of these proclamations, we are maintaining our suspension of the processing of new, incoming J-1 Exchange Visitor requests until:

1)    Presidential Proclamation 10052 on visa suspensions is lifted.

2)    Presidential Proclamation 9993 on travel restrictions from the Schengen area countries is lifted.

3)    U.S. Embassies are able to resume routine visa services for J visas.

We will continue to keep our entire community updated as the situation evolves.

For Exchange Visitors: please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions here.