Trump issues order suspending issuance of some immigrant visas for 60 days

US President Donald Trump has issued an order effective April 24, 2020 prohibiting the the entry of new immigrants to the US for 60 days. The order applies only to persons seeking immigrant visas at consulates outside the United States. The order does not affect persons who already have green cards or immigrant visas. The order does not affect persons adjusting status within the U.S. The order also does not affect persons holding or applying for nonimmigrant visas such as F-1, H-1B, L-1, TN, or B-1/2. Also excluded from the order are persons applying for immigrant visas as the children or spouses of U.S. citizens. EB-5 cases are also excluded. Click here to read a copy of the order.

In reality, the order applies only to persons seeking immigrant visas abroad in the family based (F-1, F-2, F-3, and F-4) and employment based (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and EB-4) preference categories.

At the present time, the U.S. consulates have already stopped issuing routine immigrant visas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore the new presidential order does not change the status quo in any way. In essence, the order is a publicity stunt to appeal to Trump’s anti-immigration base of supporters, and to deflect criticism of his own mishandling of the pandemic.

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