Monday night, April 20, 2020, President Donald Trump announced his plans to suspend immigration in response to the COVID-19 crisis as an effort to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic on the U.S. economy and labor force. On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the President announced the order to suspend and limit the entry of certain aliens as immigrants for 60 days starting on 11:59pm on April 23, 2020.
The limitation restricts specifically aliens currently outside the US who does not have a valid immigration visa already or an official travel document. The suspension does not apply to a number of immigrants and aliens, including current lawful permanent residents, aliens working in healthcare, aliens applying for the EB-5 investor program, or spouses and children of US citizens.
Because the suspension applies to only aliens currently outside the US, anyone petitioning for a green card who is already working in the US, such as those on H-1B or L-1A visas, will not be affected by this order.
Though the current order will not affect the majority of our clients, our team at DeHeng Law Offices is aware that the President is looking to increase restrictions on immigration, with a focus on work visas. We will continue to monitor all changes to immigration policy during this pandemic crisis in order to send you the most up-to-date information.
During these uncertain times, we are proud to continue providing reliable and accessible legal services to you. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at email@example.com.