On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants into the United States to protect American jobs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. New green cards (permanent lawful residence) are suspended for 60 days to stimulate America’s economic recovery. Over 20 million Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak, and President Trump has stated his goal in temporarily suspending all immigration is to protect American jobs.
The immigration suspension goes into effect April 23, 2020, at 11:59pm ET at remains in effect until May 3, 2020, and is subject to an extension.
Effective Thursday, April 23, 2020, the United States will not permit the entry of immigrants who:
• Are outside of the United States on the date of the proclamation
• Does not have a valid immigration document on the effective date
• Does not have an effective travel document on the effective date or any date thereafter
• transportation letter
• boarding foil
• advance parole document
The U.S. executive order Green Card suspension does not apply to:
1. LPRs (lawful permanent residents) of the United States
2. Individuals, their spouses and their children who want 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
3. Individuals applying for a visa to enter the United States pursuant to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
4. Spouses of United States citizen
5. Children of United States citizens who are under 21 years of age and prospective adoptees on a IR-4 or IH-4 visa
6. Individuals who would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee
7. Members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses and children
8. Individuals and their families who are eligible or Special Immigration Visas as an Afghan / Iraqi translator or interpreter (SI or SQ classification)
9. Individuals whose entry would benefit the United States, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or their designees
USCIS and the immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office’s virtual office are open and processing immigration applications during the coronavirus.
Contact Godoy Law Office today at 855-554-6369 to answer your questions about immigration, help you file an immigration application and guide you through every step of the immigration process.