The Trump administration has made exceptions to work visa bans—but conditions apply

In mid-July, the Donald Trump administration walked back its student visa curb after intense backlash. Less than a month later, it is demystifying its controversial H-1B visa suspension.

On Aug. 12, the state department clarified that Trump’s June 22 suspension on visa issuances for workers on the H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visas, and their spouses and children, includes “an exception for individuals whose travel would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.”

There are different criteria for exceptions in each category. Below is the set of exceptions for H-1B workers:

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