Trump’s Immigration Ban
On April 22nd, President Trump signed an executive order pausing immigration of certain categories. The order took effect on the 23rd and will continue to be valid for 60 days. Trump stated that this decision was in response to the skyrocketing unemployment rate caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. “It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrants, labor flown in from abroad”, he stated at the daily White House briefing.
All visa holders of categories that fall under those subject to Trump’s order, who are also outside of the United States as of the day of April 22nd and do not already hold a valid immigrant visa to travel legally to this country will be denied entry into the U.S. for 60 days starting April 23rd.
On top of the ban of entry, the order will also delay decisions on green-card applications filed from abroad for at least 60 days.
It is worth noting that this order does not put restraints on all immigrants and legal residents. Immigrants seeking legal permanent residencies whoalready are living and working in the United States will remain unaffected by this order. Neither does the policy apply to spouses and children(under the age of 21) of United States Citizens. Special Immigrant Visas and EB-5 (“immigrant investor”) visas, as well as other nonimmigrant visas, are not affected by the policy.
Moreover, workers in certain industries will also be exempted. This includes medical professionals and farmworkers.
Who WILL be affected are all employment-based and family-based immigration visas holders which are generally held by spouses of green-card holders and siblings, parents, and adult children of U.S. Citizens.
Listed above are some not all categories of statuses described in the proclamation. A more comprehensive list is provided on the official White House website. You can access it by pasting the following link onto your browser:
The COVID-19 outbreak has created a great amount of turmoil in the country, and immigration is one of the fields facing enormous uncertainties. It is especially important now that you remain a legal status during your stay in the United States. If you have any concerns or questions about your status or any immigration-related policies, we encourage you to reach out and set up a consultation. Our office is temporarily closed, but we are still providing service of high quality as usual through emails and phone calls. We look forward to speaking with you and providing professional help.