2020-04-23 --- Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrant for 60 days

Apr 23, 2020 | COVID-19 RELATED

Presidential Proclamation

The order takes effect at 11:50pm EDT on April 23, 2020

THE ORDER DOES AFFECT:

Those who do not have a immigrant visa valid on the effective date of this proclamation, and do not have an official travel document other than a visa (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation or issued on any date thereafter that permits him or her to travel to the United States and seek entry or admission.

THE ORDER DOES NOT APPLY TO:

  1. U.S. lawful permanent residents;
  2. Foreign nationals seeking to enter on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse or other healthcare professional, as well as their spouse and unmarried children under 21;
  3. Applicants for EB-5 immigrant visas;
  4. Spouses of U.S. citizens;
  5. Children under 21 of U.S. citizens and prospective adoptees in the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
  6. Foreign nationals whose entry would further important U.S. law enforcement objectives;
  7. Members of the U.S. armed forces and the spouses and children of such individuals;
  8. Foreign nationals seeking to enter as Special Immigrants in the SI or SQ classification, and the spouse and children of such individuals; and
  9. Foreign nationals whose entry is in the U.S. national interest.

(Note the list does not include as exempted parents of U.S. citizen).

FUTURE MEASURES:

The proclamation further directs the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State,  within 30 days of the effective date of this proclamation, to review nonimmigrant programs and recommend other measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers.

Comments:  Please note the order does not affect Adjustment of Status filings or the processing of Adjustment of Status applications or nonimmigrant programs (such as H-1Bs and L-1s) at this time.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Younossi Law for further information.