Federal Spotlight: White House Revokes COVID-19 Executive Order Banning Entry of Certain Immigrants

March 4, 2021

The White House has revoked Proclamation 10014, which was first imposed in April 2020 to suspend the “entry of immigrants who prevent a risk to the United States labor market” following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Proclamation 10014 blocked individuals from entering the United States on immigrant visas. This proclamation was extended in June and December 2020. The White House asserts this suspension of entry harmed industries in the United States that rely on talent from around the world.

The previous administration’s ban on nonimmigrant visas, like H-1B, J-1 and L-1 visas, is set to expire on March 31, 2021.