Isabella Kim

National Interest Exception Guidance to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

On August 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued guidance on scenarios that may qualify for a “national interest exception” under Presidential Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020 (“Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”) and Presidential Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 […]


Isabella Kim

Second Presidential Proclamation Suspending Certain Visa Applicants

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a second proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed […]


Isabella Kim

COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

I have been getting numerous inquiries from clients regarding whether their receiving government benefits through CARES Act will affect their current or impending immigration statuses. USCIS started its expansive public charge rules as of February 24, 2020. What used to be not considered as public benefits triggering inadmissibility in the past got included such as […]


Isabella Kim

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and COVID-19

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

USCIS has made several public announcements regarding COVID-19 measures: As of March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least May 3. However, USCIS has been accepting online and paper-filed applications and petitions. The suspended services include Biometrics appointments, INFOPASS appointments, interviews and Naturalization ceremonies.  See here for full release. USCIS announced that […]