On April 22nd, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a 60-day immigration ban, triggering a surge of questions and concerns from immigrants and their loved ones. Fortunately, the ban is not as sweeping as it sounds.
The ban will only affect you if, on April 23rd at 11:59 PM EDT, you:
- Were outside of the U.S.;
- Did not possess a valid green card; and
- Did not possess a valid travel document.
The ban is essentially a suspension of green card issuances, but your green card application process will still continue if you were already in the United States when the order took effect. If you are applying for (or have already received) a nonimmigrant visa, this ban will not affect you at all.
Additionally, you may be exempt from the ban if you are:
- A Lawful Permanent Resident
- The child (under 21), prospective adoptee, or spouse of a U.S. citizen
- An immigrant investor applying for an EB-5 visa
- A member of the U.S. Armed Forces (or their child/spouse)
- A Special Immigrant Visa applicant (or their spouse/child) per the SI or SQ classification
- A person (and spouse/child) who is immigrating to the U.S. to perform work that is essential to combating COVID-19 (e.g. physician, nurse, medical researcher, etc.)
- A person whose entry into the U.S. would be in the country’s best interests (as decided by the Secretaries of DHS and State)
While the ban is effective for 60 days, the administration will review it before the end of the period to determine whether to extend it.
Get Personalized Support from the Rodriguez Law Firm
This ban may negatively impact your case, but it is temporary, and you still have options. At the Rodriguez Law Firm, our mission is to help individuals and families from all around the world achieve their dreams. We take great pride in being able to help immigrants overcome unexpected hurdles and reunite with their loved ones.
If the 60-day ban or any other COVID-19-related policies have negatively affected your application process, we are ready to sit down with you and devise an effective strategy. The President signed this executive order to limit international job competition, but we know the truth—we know that immigrants such as yourself are essential, hardworking, and invaluable members of American society.