Published Executive Order "Suspending Immigration"


The White House has released the text of the Executive Order/Proclamation titled "Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak."


The Proclamation does not impact applicants for Adjustment of Status inside the United States. It applies to those outside the U.S. who have not yet applied for an Immigrant Visa Stamp at a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad.

It also does not apply to:


- Nonimmigrant visa applicants: F-1, O-1s, H-1Bs, TNs, J-1s, etc.

- Lawful permanent residents (LPRS) or green card holders

- Any alien seeking to enter the United States on an immigrant visa as a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional; to perform medical research or other research intended to combat the spread of COVID-19; or to perform work essential to combating, recovering from, or otherwise alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees;  and any spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old of any such alien who are accompanying or following to join the alien;

- Any alien applying for a visa to enter the United States pursuant to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program;

- Spouses of United States citizens;

- Children of United States citizens under 21 years of age.


Amongst other categories of individuals exempt from the suspension.


The suspension is to expire in 60 days but can be extended or amended. Additionally, nonimmigrants may be affected in the future. The. proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020.


The full text of the Proclamation can be found here.


This post is for informational purposes only. Please contact our office for more information.


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