On April 22, 2020, President Trump published a proclamation affecting the entry of immigrants to the United States. The Proclamation will become effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2020.
Pursuant to the order, the United States will suspend the entry of immigrants into the United States for 60 days from the effective date. The suspension DOES NOT apply to the following:
- Spouses and children under 21 of U.S. citizens;
- Persons who have already been issued their immigrant visas or have other valid travel documents (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) as of the effective date of the order;
- Lawful permanent residents of the United States;
- Persons applying for an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professionals;
- Prospective adoptees seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
- Any alien whose entry would further important the United States law enforcement objectives;
- Members of the United States Armed Forces and any spouse and children of a member of the United States Armed Forces;
- Persons entering with a Special Immigrant Visa in the SI or SQ classification, and any spouse and children of any such individual; or
- Any person whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.
Finally, the order does not currently apply to nonimmigrants. It should be noted that this proclamation may be expanded beyond 60 days and could apply to other groups of persons seeking immigration benefits in the United States. USILG will continue to monitor the situation and will notify our clients and stakeholders of any news.