President Trump signed a Proclamation on April 22, 2020 suspending the entry of certain immigrants into the United States for 60 days. Here's what you need to know about this Order -
The proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET), and suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant who:
● Is outside the U.S. on the effective date of the proclamation; and
● Does not have a valid immigrant visa or travel date issued before the effective date.
Anyone who is already in the U.S. and has filed for adjustment of status to permanent resident will not be affected by this proclamation.
The following categories are exempted from the proclamation:
1. Lawful permanent residents (LPR).
2. Individuals, and their spouses or children, seeking to enter the U.S. on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional to work on or perform research on Covid-19.
3. Individuals applying for a visa to enter the U.S. pursuant to the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program;
4. Spouses of U.S. citizens and children of US citizens under age 21;
5. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children;
6. Individuals and their spouses or children eligible for SI or SQ classification;
7. Individuals whose entry would be in the national interest
Please NOTE: Nonimmigrant visa holders are not included in the current proclamation. However, the proclamation requires the Secretaries of Labor and DHS, to review nonimmigrant programs within 30 days and recommend to the President other appropriate measures to stimulate the U.S. economy and ensure “the prioritization, hiring and employment” of U.S. workers. Therefore, if you are eligible to file extensions of your current non-immigrant visa statuses or are waiting to file any other non-immigrant visa related petition, we would recommend that you talk to your employer/attorney today to file those petitions at the earliest. You can contact our office if you need help with any of these filings.