In response to COVID19, President Trump signed an Executive Order effective midnight on 4/23/2020 to suspend immigration. The Executive Order is in effect for the next 60 DAYS.
WHO IS IMPACTED?
The Executive Order ONLY applies to those who OUTSIDE the U.S. on 4/24/2020 and who seek to come to the U.S. as an immigrant (to live and work in the U.S. permanently).
WHO IS NOT AFFECTED?
The Executive Order does NOT apply to those who are already INSIDE the U.S. This is true whether or not you have an employment or family or VAWA application pending or any other green card application for US residency and you are already IN the US.
WHAT IF I AM STILL OUTSIDE THE US?
If you are OUTSIDE the U.S. on 04/24/2020, the Executive Order Does not Apply to Certain Immigrants or Intending Immigrants
If you are OUTSIDE the U.S. on 04/24/2020, the order does NOT apply to you if:
- You have a valid immigrant visa in your passport on this date.
- You have a travel document other than a visa, such as an advance parole or Re-entry permit (issued on this date or a future date that allows travel into the U.S.).
- You are a lawful permanent resident (you have a green card).
- You are coming to the U.S. on an immigrant visa as an EB-5 investor.
- You are coming to the U.S. on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional to perform research work to combat COVID-19 (and your dependent spouse or children under 21 years old)
- You are a spouse of a U.S. citizen (no matter the visa type)
- You are an unmarried child under age 21 of a U.S. citizen or a prospective adoptee seeking admission as a child of a U.S. citizen
- You are seeking refugees status, asylum, withholding or removal, protection under Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Other uncommon categories that do not apply to our client base
WHAT IF I AM IN A NON-IMMIGRANTS STATUS (H1B, TN, E1/E2, R1s, B1/B2, L1/L2, U Visa, etc)?
At present, the Executive Order does not cover non-immigrants.
WILL IT EVER END?
The Executive Order remains will terminate after 60 days from the effective date. However, as written, it may be extended as necessary.