By, Katerina Grinko, Esq.
PROCLAMATION SUSPENDING ENTRY OF CERTAIN FOREIGNERS INTO THE U.S.
On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 President Trump signed a Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U. S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.
The highly anticipated President’s order suspends certain foreigners’ ability to enter the U.S. on immigrant visa for 60 days effective April 23, 2020 11.59 p.m. EST. During press conference President Trump stated that the restrictions contained in the order could later be amended or extended if necessary.
The restrictions on entry to the United States apply only to foreigners abroad. The order excludes foreigners who already have an approved immigrant visa in their passports, or who have a valid travel permit (an advance parole document).
Similarly, the restrictions do not apply to spouses and minor children of the U.S. Citizens, as well as foreign investors, healthcare workers and their immediate family members, and people with already-approved green cards.
The Proclamation does not apply to foreigners who have valid temporary non-immigrant visas, such as tourist, student or temporary employment visas.
The order does not limit the ability to seek asylum, refugee status, withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAD).
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OTHER UPDATES DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
- As of March 20, 2020 the U.S. Department of State suspended all routine visa services worldwide until further notice.
- The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continue to process filed applications, however all USCIS field offices are temporary closed to public through May 3, 2020. All biometric appointments, asylum interviews, adjustment of status interviews, naturalization interviews and oath ceremonies have been cancelled. New notices will be issued and mailed to all applicants.
- All Immigration Court hearings for non-detained cases have been postponed through May 15, 2020. Notices with new hearing dates will be mailed to all individuals in removal proceedings.
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