Updated: Apr 23
On Monday night, President Trump tweeted that he will sign an Executive Order suspending immigration to the US. His tweet read as follows:
"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!"
While details of the Executive Order are still unclear, it appears that the EO will affect those applying for employment or family based green cards from abroad for the next 60 days. It will not impact those applying for temporary visas such as F-1s, O-1s, H-1Bs, etc. For those already in the US, we can continue to expect processing delays, particularly with the suspension of Premium Processing service.
This measure appears to be another one of the Trump administration's attempts to rally his base and demonstrate the appearance of control over the US unemployment situation that has resulted from the global COVID-19 pandemic. We do not anticipate this new EO to be much different from the immigration bans and suspensions already in place. Furthermore, embassies and consulates are already temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
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